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Service Learning

Hands-on service learning throughout the curriculum

From their first year on campus, BSN students are involved in service learning activities that expose them to a wide variety of community health issues and expand their worldviews.

service1Students provide healthcare services to children and families--collectively amassing approximately 20,000 hours of service to local schools alone each year. In turn, they receive enriching learning opportunities that cannot be attained in the classroom. FPB weaves hands-on service learning throughout its curriculum, which provides our students with additional experience, leadership development, and a number of contacts in health care well before graduating.

BSN students experience this through their community clinical involvement each semester.

service1Senior Capstone Community Project

FPB’s service learning culminates in the senior year with the 10-week Senior Capstone project, where students have an intensive experience in community-based health care with vulnerable populations such as Native Americans, migrant workers, the Australian aboriginal community, and the urban poor.

The experience provides senior BSN students with the opportunity to analyze and apply concepts in health and health care, health policy and finance, culture, epidemiology, interventions, ethics, and more.

  • In November 2009, seven BSN seniors participated in hosting the annual Longfellow Winter Olympics at a local high school to develop their leadership, teaching, and management skills and to demonstrate how fitness can be fun.
  • Another group of seniors recently held an immunization fair in conjunction with a local health department, which resulted in three times as many people receiving flu shots than in the previous year.
  • And yet another group ran a summer sports camp to empower and educate economically disadvantaged youth on various health issues.

service2Although FPB students have their pick of service projects at Cleveland-area schools and local nonprofit agencies, they also have the opportunity to fulfill the Senior Capstone requirement across the country and around the world.

  • One BSN senior helped to spearhead community efforts to fight against sexually transmitted infections in the Alaskan tundra
  • One group of BSN students conducted rotations in home health nursing, school nursing, and family planning on the Gila River Reservation in Arizona
  • Other student groups have:
    • worked on smoking cessation in Hong Kong
    • tackled public health issues in certain Appalachian communities

In the past few years, students have served in a variety of healthcare settings that span the globe, from the rugged Australian outback to the mountainous reaches of Santiago, Chile to the 900-year-old streets of Copenhagen, Denmark to the sun-kissed beaches of the Virgin Islands.

Visit our study abroad page on our International Health Programs site for more information.

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BSN Program Contacts

Interim Program Director:

Diana Morris, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

Assistant Director:

Amy Bieda, PhD, APRN, PNP-NC, NNP-BC

Coordinator, First Year Students:

Deborah L. Rovito, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, CRRN

Department Assistant:

Patricia Flynn

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