Service Learning Activities | BSN

More Than Classes & Textbooks

Because learning takes place not only in the classroom but also in the community, service learning is an important part of the nursing curriculum. Service learning promotes hands-on learning by:

  • Fulfilling community needs
  • Promoting civic responsibility
  • Actively reflecting and reinforcing classroom learning
  • Developing strengths that last a lifetime

Building Knowledge

Service learning activities enhance your nursing skills as you progress through the program. Written assignments are a part of most activities.

Level I Students

Foundations of Nursing

  • Students provide wellness assessments and education at Doorstep, Knightsbridge, and Highland Park Methodist Church.
  • Students assist with a health fair at Brewster Place, a retirement, assisted living and nursing center.

Level II Students

Nursing of Childbearing Families

At the Stormont Vail Birthplace breast-feeding clinic students assist with assessment of babies.

Level III Students

Nursing of Elders

  • Students provide a wellness clinic at the Lulac Senior Center and Plaza West Apartments, a housing unit for the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • Some students assist with the prostate screening offered by Stormont Vail Health.

Nursing of Adults II

  • Some students accompany a home health nurse and assist with scheduled services.

Nursing of Children

  • Students complete vision checks and Denver Developmental Screenings at day-care centers.
  • Students participate in the annual health check day at Head Start.
  • Students assist with vision screenings at St. Matthews School, kindergarten through eighth grade.
  • Students assist with Girl-to-Woman class.

Level IV Students

Professional Nursing Practicum

All students complete a minimum of three hours service learning as part of their clinical practicum. The following are examples of service learning activities:

  • Assist at the Kansas State Nurses Association office preparing for annual convention and nurse's day at the legislature
  • Assist at the Baker University Community Wellness Fair
  • Provide physical assessments for Baker University football players
  • Teach proper car-seat installation for Safe Kids, Shawnee County Health Department
  • Teach life skills for mental health patients at the Valeo Care Program
  • Help with the community blood drive
  • Staff the clothing center or provide referral and support-group information for clients of Birthright
  • Assist with giving flu shots for employees at Stormont Vail Health
  • Help provide health screens and other activities at the Kid's Fest at the Kansas Expo Center
  • Serve meals at the Topeka Rescue Mission or Jubilee Kitchen in Lawrence