Over the past month the Lamar University Texas Nursing Students’ Association (LUTNSA) presented a “Breakthrough to Nursing” outreach project in which sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from St. Mary Catholic School and West Orange-Stark Middle School were able to learn about the nursing profession in a fun and interactive way.

Shelby Harmon, President of LU's Student Nursing Program instructs middle school students on the proper techiques for performing CPR.

Shelby Harmon, President of LU’s Student Nursing Program instructs middle school students on the proper techiques for performing CPR.

Through this outreach project LUTNSA officers (President-Shelby Harmon, Vice President-Michael Glorioso, Secretary-Hazel Nakao) and active members (Hannah Macon, Taylor Poyner) aimed to break the “traditional” view of who can become a nurse and promote awareness about the diverse job opportunities available in nursing. In total, over five hundred students participated in breakout activities including learning to perform hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), leg bandaging, and the proper way to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gowns, gloves, and facemasks.

A mentorship program was set in place to give students the opportunity to follow up with questions or request advice from current LUTNSA members. Upon conclusion of the Breakthrough to Nursing project students were given a Lamar University recruitment packet to encourage students to begin thinking about what career path they will choose in the near future.

LUTNSA Vice President Michael Glorioso shows students how to properly wrap a wound.

LUTNSA Vice President Michael Glorioso shows students how to properly wrap a wound.

The sterilization process is a very important step in caring for ill or wounded patients. Here,  Hazel Nakao stresses the importance of protecting  patients, as well as themselves in her tutorial.

The sterilization process is a very important step in caring for ill or wounded patients. Here, Hazel Nakao stresses the importance of protecting patients, as well as themselves in her tutorial.

 

 

Pictured at top right, from left: Shelby Harmon, LUTNSA president; Michael Glorioso Vice-President and Hazel Nakao, Secretary.