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Nursing students target residents with message about heat, sun and ticks

July 20, 2012 12:00AM

Nursing student Dawn Bishop checks a Farm Show visitor's blood pressure, Friday.

At the Four-State Farm Show, some Pitt State students are getting to meet a segment of the community they may eventually serve as nurses.

The students, who are part of the Nursing Department’s Client and Family class, prepared information about the prevention and treatment of heat exhaustion, reducing the incidence of skin cancer and the prevention and management of tick bites. They have have joined with Via Christi Hospital and the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau to staff a location near the entrance to the show where they also give free blood pressure checks.

“The students chose topics that are very important to farmers and generally to residents of our area,” said Barbara McClaskey, a member of the Department of Nursing faculty. “Heat exhaustion is a real danger for people working outside in the kind of weather we’ve been having. Rates of skin cancer are climbing and tick bites can lead to some serious illnesses. The good news is that some simple steps can prevent many of the health issues related to these issues.”

McClaskey said the experience allowed students to interact with members of the community and helped them “see how important their role is in educating the public about health issues.”

The Four State Farm Show runs from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on July 20-21 and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on July 22. It is located just south of Pittsburg on K-171.

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