The National Student Nurses Association honored PSU’s student nurses with one of its top awards for a service project the students conducted in New Orleans.

The PSU Chapter of the Kansas Association of Nursing Students (KANS) took first place in the Image of Nursing Awards category.

The PSU student nurses traveled to New Orleans where they assisted in a PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) clinic. The students performed a variety of tasks, including helping with assessments in the clinic; assisting a wound care specialist with assessment, education and dressing changes; attending home care visits with nurses, and assisting with occupational and physical therapy.

Barbara McClaskey, professor and member of the Nursing Department faculty, said the service project was especially valuable for students because it exposed them to the special needs of the elderly and also a unique culture.

“Providing respectful care, whether it be for the elderly or for persons who come from a different culture, is an important skill for student nurses to learn,” McClaskey said. “This project was a rich experience for the student nurses who participated.”

McClaskey said the students returned to Pittsburg with a new perspective on the roles they will play as registered nurse.