Promoting Healthy Behaviors in Children: Applying Ignatian Values in Schools

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Misty Schwartz
Ann Lauglin
Susan Connelly
Meghan Potthoff
Barbara Synowiecki
Amy Yager

Abstract

An innovative partnership between a college of nursing and local parochial schools provided opportunities for nursing students to offer basic health promotion and disease prevention services, provide health education, and participate in a service-learning, research endeavor. This partnership provided the nursing school with the ability to incorporate Catholic Social Teaching into the curriculum and actively live out the university and Catholic mission of service to others. This clinical experience has gone beyond the boundaries of traditional clinical education and provided students the opportunity to contemplate and put into practice Ignatian values. These values serve as the educational foundation for lifelong refl ection and service. This article shows how the close alignment of Ignatian values and professional expectations and standards for nursing have been integrated in the clinical setting while promoting the health of children in various schools throughout a community.

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Misty Schwartz, Creighton University

Misty Schwartz, PhD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Creighton University.

Ann Lauglin, Creighton University

Ann Laughlin, PhD, is Associate Professor of Nursing at Creighton University.

Susan Connelly, Creighton University

Susan Connelly, MN, APRN, PNP-C, is Assistant Professor of Nursing at Creighton University.

Meghan Potthoff, Creighton University

Meghan Potthoff, MSN, APRN, PNP-C, is Assistant Professor of Nursing at Creighton University.

Barbara Synowiecki, Creighton University

Barbara Synowiecki, MSN, APRN, PNP-C, is Assistant Professor
of Nursing at Creighton University.

Amy Yager, Creighton University

Amy Yager, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, is Assistant Professor of Nursing at Creighton University.