Nursing Students Raise Public Awareness

On Oct. 31, Southern Utah University nursing students put on the Student Nurse Association Health Fair, a community-based event that allowed the public to learn about a variety of health tips and issues. The event took place in the Student Center Ballroom.

“It’s important that we put on these health fairs because a lot of people don’t get the proper education that they need,” said Alex Palmer, a nursing student from Cedar City.

Teams of Level Three nursing students set up booths and presented on multiple health topics including fitness, concussions, stress, emergency preparedness, sexually transmitted diseases and many other topics.

“We label this as primary prevention – it’s educating the public to try and prevent diseases so we don’t see them in the hospital,” Palmer continued. “There are so many things that people don’t know. For instance, a lot of people don’t know that something as simple as condoms prevent STDs. We want to inform people and help them stay healthy.”

As students went around the fair, they had the opportunity to ask health-related questions, interact with the presenting nursing students and eat free pizza.

“We just want to make people aware of healthy lifestyle choices they can make to better themselves and have fun doing it,” said Brianna Pew, a nursing student from Blanding.

You can learn more about the Student Nurse Association here.

Story by: Jessica Stagg
Photo by: Jessica Stagg