Nursing students get out in community for NCTC Cares events

by Darin Allred | Sep 19, 2013 <p> </p>

Nursing students from North Central Texas College are putting their education to use while sharing their knowledge with members of the Cooke County community as part of special "NCTC Cares" events this month.

On Tuesday, several students and instructors volunteered their time to visit the Callisburg Community Center and Callisburg Elementary School. On Wednesday, the nurses stopped by Conrad Hall in Lindsay and Lindsay Elementary.

At the Callisburg Community Center and Conrad Hall, the nursing students gave free blood pressure checkups to local residents.

"We're doing blood pressure checks for these folks and a lot of them don't go to the doctor all the time and check their blood pressure or maybe they just need to be educated about the importance of checking their blood pressure and making sure it doesn't get too high and taking their medications and learning the lifestyle modifications that are necessary for blood-pressure management," NCTC nursing instructor Julie Martin said. "So to come into the community where they are comfortable with their surroundings and their environment, it just helps. It's one of our best ways to prevent long-term problems associated with blood pressure."

At the schools, the nurses taught first and second-grade students the importance of washing their hands to prevent the spread of germs. The kids broke into groups and learned a hand-washing pledge. They received a certificate of completion and hand-washing wipes they could use at their desks.

The NCTC nursing students will be conducting similar events at the Stanford House in Gainesville and at local pre-schools in the coming weeks.

You can watch a video here