At Southern Adventist University the nursing program is known for its thorough and intensive courses.
The Standardized Patient Program was created to help students become confident with their interactions
with patients before actually working with them. Callie McArthur, who was highly involved in creating this
program, said the main goal was to give students the practice they need before facing real-life situations
Lights Volunteers have been proud contributors to this program by having volunteers interacting with Southern's nursing students. A volunteer pretends to be a patient while the student assesses
them and takes in their information. This tests the student’s communication as well as assessment skills.
McArthur envisions "skill check offs" for the future which would include a volunteer portraying a patient with certain symptoms and the students having to determine what the illness is.
When asked what the Standardized Patient Program contributes the most to students, McArthur answered,
“Confidence. It is the greatest thing it offers students. It prepares them for their assessment and helps them
know what to expect.” Every student to go through the program has given positive feedback.
Ron Green was one of the standardized patients who helped contribute to the education of
Southern’s nursing students. He had been in the health care field before he retired and has relevant
experience with patients, nurses and doctors. He said overall the students did very well at assessing him
and getting his medical history.
Green mentioned how he enjoyed personifying different types of people, whether it was through being
difficult or overly chatty. “This helps them get used to dealing with different personalities.The
students always come out of this program with more understanding and confidence with their assessment
skills. It’s an important program, because it enables students to think outside of the box and analyze what
patients say or don’t say. It also helps them determine what questions to ask.” He said he most
definitely wants to continue volunteering as well as helping out with this program in the future.
Clint Anderson moved to Tennessee in 2008 and has been a Lights Volunteer since 2011. Being retired, he wanted to find something to dedicate his time towards that would also bring benefit to others. After living in the area a few years he discovered Lights Volunteers and signed up. He initiallhy worked in the McKee Library, a job that suited him perfectly because he had been a librarian at Southwestern Adventist University.
“At Southwestern, we had volunteers serve, and I saw what a difference they made. That is what inspired me to start volunteering at Southern,” said Anderson. After a year of working in the library, he became the display case artist in Lynn Wood Hall. When walking into the building you can see his most recent creativity directly to the left. It shows photographs of various Lights Volunteers and profiles their testimonials and experience serving here. He also maintains the bulletin board down at Fleming Plaza.
Since volunteering at Southern, Anderson said one of his favorite aspects of serving is getting to interact with the students.
More about Clint Anderson. . . .
Hobbies: Acrylic painting, hiking, photography, and traveling.
Countries visited: Canada, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Korea and Japan.
Favorite Food: Mexican, Italian, Chinese, and his wife's cooking-especialy!
Recent studies have revealed a prominent link between longevity and volunteering. Research found that volunteering not only increases mental well-being, but physical health as well. Larger percentages of longevity were found among those who regularly devoted their time to service.
Among the older population, it was discovered that volunteering increased their physical functioning and that ailments, such as arthritis, were alleviated. This was because individuals who volunteer tend to live more active lives. Volunteering not only stimulates the mind but also the body, since much of volunteer work involves some sort of physical labor.
Laurie Larkan, an award winning journalist, writes, “When the researchers controlled for other variables like socioeconomic status, marital status and health, the adults who volunteered still had a 25 percent reduced risk of mortality.”
The benefits of volunteering are monumental when it comes to health. Research like this only adds incentive to those who want to serve the community!
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