Clinical rotations prepare nursing students Lacy Janousek Assistant Editor Lisa Kirk unfolded her blood pressure cuff and prepared to take LaChel Burton’s blood pressure. Burton cringed at the cold cuff but smiled, happy to take advantage of a free service. Nursing Student Lisa Kirk was attending one of many community clinical sessions, this one particularly enforced blood pressure procedure. At the YMCA, Kirk was able to take people’s blood pressure and teach those interested about healthy blood pressure readings. “I’m a people person,” Kirk said. “It’s great to educate people while developing good critical thinking.” Sitting next to Kirk during her clinical at
the YMCA was Community Clinical Instructor Gwen Henry. Henry supervises all nursing students as they attend a good portion of their clinical time scattered throughout the Battle Creek area. The goal of a community clinical is to gain experience teaching potential patients about various health risks while practicing certain medical procedures. “You’re dealing with a wide variety of people,” Henry explained. “So, you’ll change your teaching skills accordingly.” One YMCA member was shocked at what her blood pressure was. The patient was concerned and Kirk tried the reading again. This time Henry gave Kirk some guidance, suggesting that Kirk use a larger cuff. Henry explained, depending on the arm size the cuff size may need to be reconsidered. This was a situation where Kirk got to fulfill the goals of community clinicals. She was able to teach the patient about cuff size and to remind the patient
when taking her blood pressure at home, this should be taken into account. “ T h e r e ’ s all shapes, sizes and variables on blood pressure,” Kirk said, reminding the patient to keep her readings at safe levels. photo by Lacy Janousek “It’s a nice Lisa Kirk takes LaChel Burton's blood pressure. service for the community,” Henry said. “And it does students to interact, to create happy pagive students the opportunity to see what tients. community nursing is all about so they “I’m a people person,” Kirk excan learn what else is out there in the plained why the nursing profession is community to later help their patients.” the correct choice for her. “If I’m able to Clinical nursing rotations are creatmake someone’s day better, mission acing well rounded nurses. Being involved complished.” in the community encourages nursing ~Lacy has healthy blood pressure.
World book night Kelly Frost Librarian Who is helping give out half a million free books across America on April 23rd? We are! On April 23, 2013, 25,000 volunteers from Berkeley to Boston and Sitka to Sarasota will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country. World Book Night (U.S.) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across America on one day. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going out into their communities and sharing free copies of books they love. The mission of World Book Night is to seek out those without the means or access to printed books. This year I will be picking up my books at BookBug in Kalamazoo and sharing them with the KCC employees and students on April 23rd. I’m excited to participate as a giver and hope that the library here at Kellogg Community College can be an even more involved participant next year. Bestselling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson are this year’s honorary chair-people. James Patterson said: “In my experience, when people like what they are doing, they do more of it. This is the genius of World Book Night — it gets people reading by connecting them with amazing, enjoyable books. I’m honored to be a part of it.” “I’m very proud to be a part of World Book Night,” Ann Patchett added.
“As both a writer and a bookseller, I’m all in favor of getting books into the hands of people who might not otherwise have access to them.” The books were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians through several rounds of voting. The printing of the free books was possible due to generosity of the authors, publishers, and book manufacturing companies. Although it is too late to be a giver this year, those interested in participating in the future can sign up for the WBN mailing list for news and updates on World Book Night 2014. The free WBN editions are not available in the library at any time, except for the WBN volunteers to take into the community, but the library will be displaying the books for check out in their regular editions. The 30 World Book Night (U.S.) titles for 2013, alphabetical by author, are: • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (Anchor Books/Random House) • City of Thieves, David Benioff (Plume/ Penguin Group (USA)) • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Simon & Schuster Paperbacks) • My Antonia, Willa Cather (Dover) • Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier (Plume/Penguin Group (USA)) • The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (Vintage/Random House) • La casa en Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros; translated by Elena Poniatowska (Vintage Español/Random House) • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (HarperOne/HarperCollins) • El Alquimista, Paulo Coelho (Rayo/ HarperCollins) • The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Ballantine Books/Random
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House) *The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan (Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Bossypants, Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books) *Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins) *Still Alice, Lisa Genova (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster) Looking for Alaska, John Green (Speak/Penguin Group (USA)) Playing for Pizza, John Grisham (Bantam/Random House) *Mudbound, Hillary Jordan (Algonquin Books/Workman Publishing) The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster; illus. by Jules Feiffer (Yearling/Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers) Moneyball, Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton) *The Tender Bar, J. R. Moehringer (Hyperion) *Devil in a Blue Dress, Walter Mosley (Simon & Schuster) *Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Population: 485, Michael Perry (HarperPerennial/HarperCollins) The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion) Montana Sky, Nora Roberts (Berkley/Penguin Group (USA)) Look Again, Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s) *Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris (Back Bay Books/Little Brown) The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Al-
ander McCall Smith (Anchor Books/ Random House) • *Glaciers, Alexis M. Smith (Tin House Books) • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain (Dover) • Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury) • *Favorite American Poems (Large Print edition) various authors (Dover) *These titles can be ordered via MeLCat World Book Night will take place on April 23, 2013. World Book Night in the U.S. is a non-profit organization and has 501(c)3 nonprofit status. World Book Night (U.S.) is supported by publishers, Barnes & Noble, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Ingram Content Group, FedEx, printers, and paper companies; a full list of sponsors is at our website. For more information about World Book Night, please go to: www.WorldBookNight.org or visit us on Facebook and Twitter. www.facebook.com/worldbooknightusa twitter.com/wbnamerica
April 19thth Serve at an elementary school, Sprout Urban Farms, or The Haven of Rest Students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to participate. Sign up at http://www.kellogg.edu/socialscience/servicelearning/registerServLearn.html