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2006 Student2Student Mentoring Contest Winner: Western Arkansas Technical Center
Advisor: Pam Blesch, RN, MSN, CNOR
One SkillsUSA chapter has been honored with the Grand Prize for its efforts in the Student2Student Mentoring Program for 2006. Western Arkansas Technical Center is located in Fort Smith.
At the beginning of the 2005 school year, the nursing students and their instructor began discussing ideas related to health that could be introduced into local elementary schools. Creating a DVD about hand washing and presenting it to area students was identified as a practical, easy project for first through sixth grade students. The DVD was made in English as well as a Spanish version. After speaking to the counselor at one of the schools, it was apparent that there was a need for the Spanish version. The school's population is 43 percent Hispanic. The class chose elementary school students because we knew that we could have the most impact on them. It was determined that through proper hand washing we could help the children with their health as well as everyday living. Hand washing is one of the first clinical skills that the nursing students
The class gave hand washing instructions to the students at Albert Pike Elementary, Fort Smith, AR; Mansfield Elementary, Mansfield, AR; and Hartford Elementary, Hartford, AR. Albert Pike is the Western Arkansas Technical Center's Partner in Education and the other two schools represent the communities of two nursing students in the Practical Nursing class. In addition to viewing the DVD, students were asked questions about hand washing. The class also had the students return a demonstration of proper hand washing. The participating schools were given a copy of the DVD for future use, as well as, colorful posters as a visual aid to help remind the students of the steps.Numerous copies of the DVD will also be taken to Quito, Ecuador in the summer of 2006. The DVDs will be used in schools and orphanages to teach personal hygiene.
Any chapter involved in mentoring can submit project plans, description and outcomes. This program is open to all SkillsUSA chapters at a secondary or college institution. Chapters must be participating in a mentoring project with local elementary or middle school students. The entire chapter and multiple programs at one school are encouraged to participate in a mentoring program. SkillsUSA membership will be verified.
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