Service Learning: Three Questions – By John Hewes

What service learning place did you chose and why.

I chose Neighborhood House Senior Day Care. Neighborhood House is a non-profit organization that provides both children’s day care and senior day care. To my knowledge they are the only organization in the Salt Lake area offering these services in this manner. Clients pay for services based their income and a sliding scale. This means services are affordable.

I have personal history with Neighborhood House as my father and my children once attended. The opportunity to serve in this manner is my way of giving back to an organization that provided so much to the life of my own father when he was living.

What do you hope to learn and what service do you hope to provide?

My goal is to learn more about the health needs of clients in a day care setting and assist in monitoring those needs. Perhaps I can help set up a program to monitor specific needs ofpuzzle-210784_1280clients, such as blood pressure checks, etc.

Name thee important concepts about service-learning.

1. Service-learning is a concept which is client-centered. Specific learning goals are established an applied directly to a client  or client population and learning comes from the interaction between the learner and the client.

2. Service-learning is volunteerism with an educational purpose. The goal is not just to spend hours helping, but rather to spend hours learning as we help.

3. Service-learning is cyclical in that it involves experiential action followed by reflection. John Dewey, an influential  educational theorist believed that students learn best when they get in and get their hands dirty. Learning retention and comprehension are enhanced by real-life experiences that connect doing and learning (Giles, Eyler, 1994).

Giles, D., & Eyler, D. (1994). The theoretical roots of service-learning in John Dewey: Toward a a theory of service-learning. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 77-85

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Fall Semester Scholarship Announcement

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We are excited to announce that scholarships will be available to four RN-to-BS in Nursing students who are applying for fall 2015 enrollment. If you are interested in applying, click here for additional scholarship information.

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Accepting Applications for Fall Semester

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The RN to BS in Nursing Program at Westminster College is currently accepting applications for the 2015 fall semester. Applicants should contact Alexandra Steed in the Admissions Office at asteed@westminstercollege.edu. Alexandra is happy to answer questions about the application process. Applicants are required to submit and meet the following criteria:

  • Application
  • $50 Application Fee
  • A minimum cumulative and prerequisite grade point average of 2.8 and a grade or C or higher in all prerequisite courses.
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges attended including diploma or degree with a major in nursing.
  • An unrestricted Utah RN license.
  • A typed letter of intent, which includes statements related to your skills and qualifications.
  • A state and federal background check indicating no arrest history or no criminal record. Applicants can use copies from their board exam. (This cannot be used unless the student kept copies. If the results went directly to the DOPL, they will have to do a new background check.) Copies from background checks must be within the last six months. If a background check shows an arrest history or criminal record, the Dean conducts an evaluation of the background check.
  • Students in the program may be required to obtain background checks and/or drug screens during the program.

Additional requirements upon acceptance include:

  • Current health certificate indicating health status and current immunizations, including Hepatitis B vaccinations and a negative TB test or its equivalent (must be kept current throughout the program).
  • Current CPR certification (must be kept current throughout the program).
  • Students will be required to provide 10 panel drug test results from an approved laboratory (Salt Lake WorkMed and Murray WorkMed are acceptable labs in Utah). Drug test results must be negative. Copies from employment within the last six months are acceptable.
  • Proof of health insurance.

For additional information about the RN to BS in Nursing Program, please visit our website.

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Introducing the RN-to-NP Track

 

Westminster College now offers an Associate RN-to-Nurse Practitioner fast track. With this new track, our students now have the option to progress from an AS-prepared nurse to a nurse practitioner.

We are now accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester. For more information, please contact Alex Steed in the Admissions Office at 801-832-2223 or asteed@westminstercollege.edu.

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RN-to-BS Students Living Out-of-State

The RN-to-BS in Nursing Program is offered to students living out-of-state. We currently have two students living outside of Utah and additional non-resident students are enrolling in future semesters. These students participate in our seminars remotely, using distance-learning technology. The remaining portion of their learning takes place online.

For more information about the RN-to-BS in Nursing Program, please visit our website.

 

 

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Accepting Applications for Summer 2015!

We are currently accepting applications for summer semester! Applicants should contact Alexandra Steed in the Admissions Office at asteed@westminstercollege.edu. Alexandra is happy to answer questions about the application process. Additional information can be found on our website.

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Welcoming Our 4th Cohort

The RN-to-BS in Nursing Program has enrolled its 4th cohort! The students attended a seminar this month and are fully engaged in their studies.

There are 11 students in this cohort. Most of them have long-term goals to obtain graduate degrees in nursing. Faculty and staff are pleased with the students’ ambition and vision.

The Program currently admits students each semester, allowing students to start school when they’re ready. Students can graduate in as quickly as two semesters. For more information about the RN-to-BS in Nursing Program, please visit our website.

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