School of Nursing offering day for grad students' children

October 25, 2011

A nursing student takes a child's measurements during the School of Nursing's first Child Wellness Day for children of Purdue graduate students on April 4. (Photo provided by School of Nursing)

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A Child Wellness Day for the children of Purdue graduate students is planned by the School of Nursing and its North Central Nursing Clinics for Friday (Oct. 28), offering vaccinations, health screenings and physicals, and health education booths including puppet shows.

The event, which is the second of its kind, will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Purdue Village Community Center. School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate students, with the guidance of faculty members, will be conducting health screenings and physicals. The Tippecanoe County Health Department will be assisting with vaccinations.

Appointments are needed and can be made at https://www2.itap.purdue.edu/bs/WorkLife; the option will appear only for graduate students. When bringing a child, the adult also should bring the child's vaccination record and insurance cards if applicable. All of the standard, required vaccines for children will be available, as will annual flu shots for children.

Jennifer Coddington, clinical assistant professor at the School of Nursing, who is overseeing the Child Wellness Day, says the initial offering of this project, which was April 4, drew almost 75 children.

"This event came about because many graduate students didn't have adequate health care coverage and access for their children," says Coddington, whose duties include being co-clinical director of the school's North Central Nursing Clinics, including those in Delphi and Monon. Among the issues of access are finding providers -- for some, Medicaid acceptance is a factor -- and getting transportation.

The day includes emphasis on health education for children and adults, she says, because promoting wellness is so valuable for good health. The booths are to include information on tobacco cessation and a booth for the D.A.R.E. officer regarding drug abstinence. There will be face painting also.

The puppet shows, which are new this time, also will have wellness messages. The shows are being planned and presented by seniors in the school's leadership class. They obtained a grant of about $1,000 to undertake the puppetry, Coddington says.

Other support for the day came from Purdue Graduate Student Government and the School of Nursing, she says. Purdue Village Community Center is assisting with space and arrangements.

For more information, contact Coddington at jsundell@purdue.edu or 49-49067.