More than 100 community members, faculty, staff and students attended Donnelly College’s fourth annual Feel Good Fair. Practical Nursing students administered 50 free flu shots, held a bone marrow drive, and informed attendees about high blood pressure, diabetes and other conditions.
The fair, which also featured mental health tips, healthy snacks, information from area health services and more, brought in many area residents.
For many PN students, this event was the first opportunity to practice some of these crucial skills on patients, and their excitement was tangible.
“It’s a pretty good turnout,” said PN student Addie Linebaugh. “Plus it’s just interesting meeting new people. It’s really nice that it’s opening eyes to people to see that we have these programs.”
Although people go into the nursing field for various reasons, a noticeable theme for why Donnelly students work toward health care certificates is the ability to give back to the community.
“I’m a disabled veteran, and I want to help disabled veterans — I want to work for the VA,” said PN student Ronald Johnson.
Several of Donnelly’s PN students cited our program as the right fit for them while they balance full-time jobs along with coursework. Because classes are offered at night, they can further their educations and improve their careers while still supporting themselves and often their families.
“I’ve heard people say that it’s KC’s best-kept secret,” said PN student Steven Meyer of the College. “It fits a full-time working student’s schedule. Plus, since it’s a Catholic school, you can still express your views, and that’s different; that’s nice.”