For many years we have had the distinct pleasure of working with the nursing classes from HACC.
They come in once a week during a semester and interact with our participants. They provide info on health topics and nutrition, do back to school checks and answer a multitude of questions. One of the biggest assets they bring is a listening ear to the TLC folks that are here and provide a non-judgmental place for folks to talk and be heard. Thank you to our instructors, Sherry and Christine and the countless number of students who have offered us so much over the years. Below are comments from a student that was in last week.
Also, I just had to send you this report that one of last week's students sent me. English is not her native language. She is Ukrainian and yet she writes in English so beautifully.
"One of the nurse’s roles in the community includes assessing the population that does not have access to healthcare on a regular basis. Among those people are individuals who experience poverty, as well as people who had traumatic experiences in their life. At Lancaster TLC, I had an opportunity to meet this category of people. While communicating with them, I tried to see beyond the stereotypes, look at the individuals with respect, and try to understand their situation. I met a woman who came from Puerto Rico several months ago with three of her children. As the woman explained, she had to leave her home due to domestic violence. From our conversation, I also found out that the family feels happy and safe at TLC. The children go to the local school, and the mother is taking English classes in order to learn the language and be able to get a job. To answer my question if they have any health issues or concerns, the lady said they were in good health. I also met a little two year old boy, M, whose mother asked me to listen to his lungs since the boy was taken to emergency care four days ago for upper respiratory issues. The mother seemed to be concerned, and told me that M took all his Prednisolone that he was prescribed, but she was not able to administer his albuterol since they did not have a nebulizer. I listened to his lungs and found out that he did have some crackles. Luckily, we had a nebulizer downstairs with the nursing supplies, so we let the lady borrow it. She was rather happy and thankful. There was another woman I talked to during my night at TLC that had questions about her health. Her name is A. She wanted to have her blood pressure taken, and we found out that her diastolic blood pressure was a little low. It could be a side effect of one of the medications she was taking. I informed A about that and recommended to monitor it whenever possible. Ana told me a little bit about her life at TLC, and that she likes to go for a walk, to watch TV, listen to music, and sometimes she helps to clean at TLC. Her goal is to learn English and to have her own place and a car.
I would like to see the plans and dreams of the people that I met at TLC be fulfilled. I hope that M’s lungs will clear out soon, and his family will have their own place. Also, my hope is that A will have a job that she likes, her own place and a car.
Overall, I enjoyed meeting people at TLC and talking to them. I felt being a part of a nursing group that helps the community."
Thank you, Doug, for the wonderful opportunity you are giving our students.