Nursing students in the second year of their Bachelor of Science Nursing Program, and part of their Foundations in Nursing coursework, are spending one day a week at Burton Health Care Center. Burton Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehab center specializing in physical, occupational, and speech therapy, wound care, respite stays, and long term care. The nursing students are interacting with the residents and learning practical skills that will lay the groundwork for their nursing careers. They are gaining experience in therapeutic communication, the proper way to address and engage with the patients, along with direct patient care and critical thinking skills.
Instructor Kerry Myers, MSN, OCN, RN, feels this is a great setting for the clinical training. The hands-on experience with the residents allows the nursing students to see nursing care in a real world setting. Kerry said, “I am impressed with the way the nurses and nursing aides at Burton Health Care Center tailor the care for each individual resident. They are setting a great example for our students.” The experience will also allow the students to explore the idea of working with the geriatric population or in a skilled nursing facility.
The partnership has proved to be beneficial for Burton Health Care Center as well. The nurses and aides welcome the extra assistance the students provide and the residents enjoy seeing them. They describe the students as “lovely” and “very helpful.” The staff and residents at Burton Health Care Center would like to wish all the students well as they pursue their rewarding career in nursing.
For more information about Burton Health Care Center contact Kimberly Diglaw, LPN or Laura Washington, Community Liaison at 440-834-1084. For information regarding Kent State University-Geauga B.S.N. Program, call 440-834-3758.
Pictured at the top of this article – Tyler Hostetler, Millie Basile, and Tanya Luther