Nursing Students Use Clinical Practicum to Link Mothers to Resources

VILLANOVA, Pa. – As part of the traditional four-year curriculum, students enrolled in the Villanova University College of Nursing participate in clinical experiences under faculty guidance. This spring, senior nursing students in the health promotion clinical practicum with Catholic Social Services (CSS) leveraged social media to connect CSS and mothers in underserved areas of Philadelphia.

For their community project, students assessed their assigned community, identified a problem and developed an evidence-based intervention to combat the problem. After careful study and consideration, the students developed two Facebook pages to link mothers to healthcare services offered by CSS.

“The social worker and staff at Catholic Social Services were in need of a way to connect with the surrounding community,” said Tiffany Cedar, a student involved in the practicum. “We compiled a list of community resources, such as hospitals, pediatricians, parenting and prenatal support groups that CSS could connect with to increase the participants in their class.  In addition to creating the Facebook pages, we also compiled a pamphlet for each of the locations which highlighted the services that they offered.”

The students also taught classes on topics such as signs and symptoms of autism, how to differentiate between real and false labor and stress management.

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