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      Nursing Students Help Widener Partnership Charter School with Surgery Activity

      Widener Nursing in the Classroom

      Nursing students help Widener Partnership Charter School students with a “surgical” lesson.

      In a bustling room, students wear surgical caps, masks, and gloves. An EKG monitor beeps in the background and the energy level in the room is palpable.

      You may think that this is a hands-on nursing course at Widener University, but in fact, it’s a third-grade class at Widener Partnership Charter School. Widener’s School of Nursing students are in the room, but only to guide the third grade students, who are getting an innovative lesson from their teacher Jeanmarie Campbell.

      On Nov. 15, Campbell’s class participated in a special lesson where they performed “surgery” on a character named Nonfiction Ned. The idea was for students to learn the features of nonfiction text by transplanting examples onto the "patient". The students cut examples of the text features out of magazines, attaching them to the paper patient with adhesive bandages. When finished, they filled out a clinical report.

      The elementary school students were visibly excited and engaged during the lesson.

      “Some of the students were so excited that they asked to wear their caps and masks home to show their families,” Campbell said.

      The lesson was a collaboration between Campbell and Kelly D’Eletto, a learning support teacher and Widener graduate. According to Campbell, she and D’Eletto are part of several groups for teachers, where teachers share lesson ideas and interesting activities. It was in one of these groups that they found the idea for this pseudo-surgical activity.

      Widener nursing students, Glen Hester and Mairead Pfeil, helped out with the lesson, accompanied by Bernie Foran, an adjunct nursing professor. Foran enjoyed attending the lesson, and said that it was, “cute and fun for the nursing students to participate in.” The two students spent one day a week in the fall semester helping the charter school nurse, Shelly Simmons, as part of a clinical rotation for their Population Health Class.  

      Simmons is thrilled with the collaboration between the university and the charter school – which can happen in unexpected ways – like the surgical masks and caps donated by the School of Nursing Simulation Lab and nursing students and faculty assisting in the classroom.

      “I think the third graders were very engaged in the activity,” she said. “There are a lot of great people working for Widener and the charter school doing great things. Everyone involved was so collaborative.”


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