Three years ago LSUHSC School of Nursing developed a working relationship with Peristyle Residences that allows student nurses to interact with the residents at the residences. This is a site for nursing students to learn assessment, observation, and communication skills with residents in a home setting and fulfills their home health experience. Nursing students are in the residences one day a week for three hours a day and are able to complete physical assessments and observations of resident, while providing residents with activities such as games, reminiscing, music, art, dancing and walking.
This relationship has proved to be positive for both the students, the residents, and the caregivers in the residences. Students are able to gain experience in caring for residents’ physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being. Most importantly the students receive hands-on experience of learning communication skills with residents, families, and caregivers. LSUHSC School of Nursing faculty are committed to continuing this relationship and thank Peristyle Residences for their continued support of LSUHSC nursing students.
Katherine Carter RN, DNP, MSN, PHCNS-BC
Program Director DNP Public Community Health Nursing
LSUHSC School of Nursing