USU-Moab nursing students teach fifth graders

Utah State University-Moab (USU) nursing students recently gave pediatric health presentations to fifth graders at Helen M. Knight Elementary, illustrating mastery of subjects by simplifying them for a much younger generation. The purpose of the presentations was to assist the community with health promotion, understand the role of a registered nurse in a community, and collaborate with peers to provide pediatric health education.

Mrs. Torgerson, a fifth-grade teacher, appreciated the visit and believes the presentations were well received. “The USU nursing students did an excellent job. They made the material relatable and digestible to a young audience, and all of our fifth graders had a great time.”

This assignment allowed the USU-Moab nursing students to get a better feel of being a health educator, which is a major component of all nursing careers. “Thanks to Helen M. Knight Elementary, our students were able to participate in a great learning experience,” said Lianna Etchberger, executive director at USU-Moab. “To be proficient educators you have to practice teaching what you are learning. This opportunity gave their classroom concepts real-world application.”

Second-year nursing students Kelly Zunich, Scott Fielding, Misty Parsons, Lindsey Carlson, and Bill Wennell all prepared and delivered a developmentally appropriate health presentation with an interactive activity. They covered the integumentary system and hygiene, the cardiovascular system and fitness, the digestive system, nutrition, helmet safety and first aid. First-year nursing students Mark Weissinger, Mikenna Clokey, Ben Rehfuss, and Ernestine Largo assisted and provided support during the presentations.

“USU nursing faculty’s hands-on curriculum style benefits both the college students and the community,” states a press release from USU. Authentic learning experiences, like this visit to Helen M. Knight Elementary, allow the nursing students to strengthen their own knowledge through teaching, while the community receives relevant, evidence-based information to support pediatric health education.”