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Secretary of Aging Adds to Students’ Interaction at Health-Screening Clinic

Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Brian Duke addresses a group at the Messiah Senior Community Center.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Brian Duke addresses a group at the Messiah Senior Community Center.
Nursing student Kira M. Cioffi, of Williamsport, practices her blood pressure-reading skills on Secretary of Aging Brian Duke during a health-screening clinic at the senior center.
Nursing student Kira M. Cioffi, of Williamsport, practices her blood pressure-reading skills on Secretary of Aging Brian Duke during a health-screening clinic at the senior center.
Student Alex S. Bogler, of South Williamsport, checks a senior’s blood pressure as part of the health-screening clinic.
Student Alex S. Bogler, of South Williamsport, checks a senior’s blood pressure as part of the health-screening clinic.
State Secretary of Aging Brian Duke encourages Penn College nursing students to consider their work with older adults.
State Secretary of Aging Brian Duke encourages Penn College nursing students to consider their work with older adults.

Four first-semester students in Penn College’s associate-degree RN preparation major visited Messiah Senior Community Center in South Williamsport on Tuesday to provide free health screenings. Also visiting the center was the state’s secretary of aging, Brian Duke, who spoke about initiatives for the state’s older population. The relationship between Penn College’s nursing program and the STEP Office of Aging – which manages the senior center – was established nearly 20 years ago by Jane J. Benedict, associate professor of nursing, when she developed health-screening clinics for students. “Today, we continue to bring small groups of first-year … students to area STEP senior centers for health-screening clinics during each fall semester,” said Laurie A. Minium, instructor of nursing. “Our partnership with STEP is invaluable: The students are able to strengthen newly acquired nursing skills, while at the same time, the area’s older adults have the opportunity to receive free blood pressure and blood-glucose screenings. During the clinics, students interact with the seniors, staff and volunteers at the centers – focusing on proper skill technique, communication and client teaching.”

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