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Nursing students and regional public health partner to share projects Dec. 16

RELEASED: Dec. 14, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire will host the Linking Education and Practice for the Excellence in Public Health Nursing (LEAP Project) Regional Learning Collaborative meeting Dec. 16.

The event will run from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Room 119 of the Nursing and Health Sciences Building at UW-Eau Claire.

Local health department lead preceptors and nursing students will present information about a Feeding Our Children Photo Voice Project regarding a breast feeding initiative; a Shining Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program that targets rural children for oral caries prevention; and Greenway Mapping of St. Croix Falls, a physical activity promotion.

Friday's event is intended to showcase the success of academic practice collaboration in a senior public health nursing student capstone pilot project, organizers say.

Eight nursing students and representatives from three area health departments — Chippewa County Department of Public Health, Eau Claire City-County Health Department and Polk County Department of Public Health — participated in an innovative senior public health nursing capstone course, which was designed to provide enhanced opportunities for real life public health nursing student experiences.

The Institute of Medicine's Report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," and Healthy Wisconsin 2020 found that preparing the future nursing workforce requires advanced education to meet population health needs. A new framework was piloted using a project-based, faculty-led, preceptor-involved student PHN experience.

The pilot project was designed to prepare nursing students in the areas of leadership, community organizing and working collaboratively. The field site experience provided students with real experiences working alongside preceptors and community leaders in addressing population health needs.

This initiative was guided by Kathy German-Olson, clinical agency coordinator at UW-Eau Claire. Pam Guthman served as the education practice liaison for the LEAP Project.

For details, contact Kathy German-Olson at 715-836-5000 or Pam Guthman at 608-516-2640.

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