The community center collaborates with WSU nursing students

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PINE ISLAND, Minn. (KTTC) – Miss Angie’s Place is a daycare and learning center that encourages creativity and movement for children. Each week, nursing students from Winona State University come to Miss Angie’s Place to teach lessons on adopting a healthy lifestyle.

It’s part of an internship course taught by Cassandra Narr, an assistant professor of nursing at Winona State University, for students seeking certification in public health.

“By working with Miss Angie’s Place, they have the opportunity to use their leadership skills with needs assessments and health promotion and also educate children in a really fun way,” Professor Narr said.

“Speaking of mental and physical health, activities we should be doing, meditation, it’s really good to see how they can bring that aspect,” said Miss Angie’s Place chief executive Angie Severson.

When people think of nursing, they imagine someone working in a hospital, but there are a lot of nurses who choose to work in public health, doing outreach like this program.

“A lot of people, when they think of nursing, only think of hospital nursing, but in fact, nursing is so important in public health and in the community. We know that fostering a healthy community and promoting health rather than illness or caring for the sick can really benefit communities,” Prof Narr said.

The goal is to create a mentorship program between children, students, and even Severson herself.

“Ask everyone to learn from each other and keep building those relationships, putting that mentorship in place, and continuing to learn and grow,” Severson said.

“We know that mentorship for children is helpful in building resilience. It’s also great for our students, a back-up mentorship type situation, where they also learn from the kids and get that valuable experience,” Professor Narr said.

WSU nursing students will be at Miss Angie’s Place Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Nature Time and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the after-school program.

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