BCANS Keeps the Community Healthy
Health is not just about losing weight or avoiding the flu. The field of medicine spans from the chronic to the catastrophic, and often intertwines with social services. While access to quality healthcare has expanded, many basic services are still out of reach for those living in poverty. The Beaufort County Association of Nursing Students takes on projects throughout the year that address issues such as neonatal care and intimate partner violence, through direct or financial support.
BCANS hosts speakers to provide future nurses with insight on public health issues. The group exposes students to volunteer opportunities in the community that relate to public health and social services.
Already this year, the group held a blood drive with the American Red Cross, and achieved its goal of collecting 43 units of blood. Throughout the holiday season, they rang bells for the Salvation Army, raising over $800 for the organization. Through February, the group is collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville, an organization that provides temporary housing to families seeking medical treatment for children. Last year, Ronald McDonald House received its largest in-kind donation from BCANS, a collection of household items such as cleaning products and paper towels.
BCANS has also collaborated with United Methodist Church to provide preventative care. Students provide screening for diabetes and hypertension and administer flu shots. In October, the group participated in a health fair at Sesame Technologies, Inc. where they checked cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. They provided guidance on stress management and healthy eating and living.
Outside of volunteer projects and speakers, BCANS affords the opportunity for members to start making connections in the industry and gain insight into the healthcare world. Members will attend the North Carolina Association of Nursing Students Conference in Charlotte in March.
As these nursing students move through their curriculum at Beaufort County Community College, they will enter their field as professionals who are grounded in service and knowledgeable about the health needs of their community.