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Student nurses work with Wisconsin dairy farmers

UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ innovative health care service to regional dairy farm workers was recently featured in a national agricultural journal. The article highlights the work of Associate Professor Lisa Schiller, PhD, RN and student nurses enrolled in NRSG 477.311.

NRSG 477 is population-based focused course and section 311 is designed to meet the needs of Western Wisconsin farm workers, including those from Mexico and Central American countries. It includes collaboration with health departments, employers, and other local health care organizations. 5-8 student nurses, Dr. Schiller and one or two interpreters visit 19 dairy farms at least twice over the course of a semester. They deliver health screenings, immunizations and health and safety education to approximately 100 farm employees. The course not only provides student nurses with clinical experience, but also provides them with high impact experiences related to both rural/agricultural health and the Hispanic culture. The program has been in existence since 2011.

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Dairy Herd Management, July 2018.
Dairy Herd Management journal provides business information to commercial dairy owners and managers who control more than 80% of the U.S. milk production.