Nursing Students Discuss Heart Health With Youth

NEWBURGH – Nursing majors from Mount Saint Mary College’s Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) program recently discussed healthy heart habits with more than a dozen students of San Miguel Academy in Newburgh.

In addition to a discussion on how to keep one’s heart healthy, the lesson included activities related to vital signs and measuring pulses. The San Miguel students were also gifted a stethoscope on behalf of the Mount’s School of Nursing.

The Mount Nursing mentors were Amahl Cotterell and Nicholas Cioce, both from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The visit was coordinated and attended by Irene Belen-Jones, assistant director for Nursing Workforce Diversity; and Kaitlin Pevny, NWD Program Coordinator.

Since opening as a middle school in 2006, San Miguel Academy has grown into the multi-faceted San Miguel Program, serving more than 250 students and their families. The academy is overseen by former Mount Chaplain Fr. Mark Connell, who serves as Executive Director and Director of Graduate Success Program at the academy, among other responsibilities.

Earlier this month, a group of four Mount Nursing students visited Nora Cronin Presentation Academy, a private, Catholic middle school serving underprivileged girls in Newburgh, N.Y. The Mount scholars gave a similar lesson on hearth health to the young students.

The Mount’s School of Nursing was recently awarded a $1.6 million, three-year Nursing Workforce Diversity grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The NWD program focuses on the recruitment, support, retention, and graduation of nursing students from underrepresented groups. It increases nursing education opportunities and assists students from disadvantaged backgrounds to become baccalaureate-prepared nurses. Mount students in this program benefit from a multitude of support services and opportunities to serve the community.

The Mount’s service-focused approach to education goes hand-in-hand with helping professions like Nursing. Mount Nursing students enjoy state-of-the-art simulation labs and clinical relationships with dozens of area hospitals. The Mount’s passionate faculty are dedicated to the success of both their undergraduate and graduate students.

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