This past winter several Senior 1 student nurses participated a clinical as part of Practicum: Nursing Leadership (NRSG 428) focused on Somali communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. During one experience they visited Columbia Heights, Minnesota where they performed individual health screenings for hypertension, cholesterol, and diabetes. Another session was held in Barron County, Wisconsin where members of the Somali community gathered for a measles vaccine forum.
Students participating in these clinical experiences were Magen Willgohs, Sydney Halley, Katelyn McGowen and Sarah Berryman. The students gained experience by taking and assessing community members’ blood pressures, blood sugars, cholesterol, and BMI. The students also asked lifestyle questions to get a better idea of possible health-related risk factors and provide health education tailored toward each individual.
Assistant Professor, Dr. Mohammad Alasagheirin, PhD, RN whose research interests include immigrant and refuge health and global health, led the project.