Head Start staff members get tips on epilepsy care

Head Start staff members get tips on epilepsy care from Lewis University nursing students

Published: May 14, 2013.

In the spring semester, Lewis University nursing students and faculty continued their support of the Head Start program in Joliet. As part of their pediatric nursing course, students and faculty presented several workshops to Catholic Charities’ Head Start staff, who care for preschool students with epilepsy.

Students that presented include Morgan Farrington, Bryanna Guerra, Jennifer Jones, Miranda Matysik, Eric Perez, Rebecca Thomas and Alisha Watson.

“Presentations were given for several dozen staff members who may be caring for children with epilepsy. It is very rewarding for our nursing students to be able to assist in the care of the children in the Head Start program,” commented Sheila Berkemeyer, MSN, RN, instructor.

Berkemeyer and Anne McShane, MSN, RN, assistant professor, also presented epilepsy workshops to the Head Start staff. For several years, the two pediatric nurses have offered consultation to Catholic Charities’ staff and families. Topics have ranged from asthma and allergies to diabetes treatment.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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