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Nursing students learn from Farm Show experience

Pittsburg State University nursing students, in partnership with Via Christi Hospital, are staffing an exhibit near the entrance of the Farm Show where visitors can get a blood pressure check and pick up valuable information about a wide range of health issue.

One of the first tents visitors to the Four-State Farm show south of Pittsburg may visit could be a lifesaver.

Pittsburg State University nursing students, in partnership with Via Christi Hospital, are staffing an exhibit near the entrance of the Farm Show where visitors can get a blood pressure check and pick up valuable information about a wide range of health issue.

Karen Tompkins-Dobbs, an instructor in PSU’s Irene Bradley School of Nursing, said the students have worked to prepare information on topics such as exposure to UV radiation, tick-borne illnesses, hypertension, farm accidents and nutrition.

The students are all enrolled in a class entitled “Client and Family.”

Education is a big part of the job of being a nurse, she said, and the students will learn from their interaction with community members.

The Four-State Farm Show runs through Sunday.

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