May 19, 2016

College Hosts North Little Rock Junior High Students

Junior high students

The UAMS College of Nursing recently provided a group of North Little Rock middle school students a behind-the-scenes look at a career in nursing.

Fifty-one eighth graders were on campus April 29 to take part in hands-on activities and learn about the College of Nursing from faculty, staff and students.

The students learned mouth-free CPR, isolation techniques, dressing changes and NG tube placement, physical exam assessment techniques, and observed starting an IV and giving injections. All the activities were done with manikins in the College of Nursing’s Innovative Practice Center (IPC).

The goal of the event, “Generation Next: Future Nurses,” sponsored by the College and the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs, was to provide underrepresented middle school students an opportunity to explore the nursing career.

“This event is unique in that it provides students with an opportunity that only a select few get to do,” said Sara L. Jones, PhD, APRN, assistant professor and specialty coordinator in the College of Nursing. “They were provided an opportunity to explore various aspects of the nursing profession and gain insight into how to prepare themselves for a future in nursing.”

This is the third event made possible by the College of Nursing’s Growing Our Own in the Delta (GOOD) Scholars Program, funded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Another Generation Next: Future Nurses event is being scheduled for the fall.