Friendly Visitor program connects students with seniors

Friendly Visitor program connects nursing students with senior residents

Published: May 20, 2013.

Lewis University nursing students recently assisted adult residents with community health needs at Heritage Woods of Bolingbrook as part of the Friendly Visitor program. Two groups of community clinical nursing students participated in the program during the spring semester.

The students were paired up with residents to assist them with a healthcare concern over the course of at least five visits. Once the students worked with the residents to identify a health concern, the students created and implemented an educational plan for achieving the residents’ goals.

“These students were able to impact the lives of senior citizens by helping them to identify and improve a wellness issue, plus be a friendly, concerned visitor. It’s just another example of how we are teaching more than book knowledge at Lewis University. We’re preparing our nursing students to be compassionate and competent professionals,” commented Linda Arnold, instructor of the Community Nursing course.

The participating students included: Lori Dasher, Christina Dommer, Alicia Harnois, Tom Hines, Jeff Micks, Alyssa Monsivais, Kathleen Oikle, Jordan Stefanski, Alyssa Taffe and Ashley Wolff.

The Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions is academically rigorous, patient-centered and career-focused. Lewis University provides the ideal environment to prepare students for their nursing career. Accelerated graduate and degree completion programs as well as convenient cohort programs at regional sites are available. For the last two consecutive years, 100 percent of the Lewis University nursing students taking the NCLEX exam passed it.

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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