October 05, 2012 12:00AM
For Pittsburg State University nursing students, tailgating before home football games is an exercise in service and learning.
From the inception of GorillaFest, the community tailgate party that precedes each home game, members of PSU KANS have staffed a tent near the entrance to Gorilla Village. There they have provided information on health and offered first aid for any minor mishaps. Now, they are also offering free blood pressure screenings.
“Working at the blood pressure tent serves as an awesome opportunity to apply the knowledge that we have learned in the classroom and share it with PSU fans,” said Kristan Chester, a senior nursing student from Wyandotte, Okla., and a KANS member.
Adviser Barbara McClaskey said community service is an important component of the training the PSU student nurses receive. Events like GorillaFest, she said, also teach students about the important role nurses play in educating the public about health issues.
In addition to getting their blood pressure checked, persons who visit the PSU KANS tent Saturday can get information about issues they may have heard a good deal about recently, such as West Nile Virus, Lyme’s Disease, and breast cancer.