- Beaumont Independent School District
LU Virtual Pediatric Teaching Day
The Lamar University (LU) Department of Nursing offered a Virtual Pediatric Teaching Day with Pietzsch-MacArthur and Charlton-Pollard Pre-K students.
Under the Cardinal Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR) program, LU first-semester nursing students had the opportunity to interact and observe Beaumont ISD students as part of their practicum course.
The LU Joanne Gay Dishman School of Nursing currently has over 70 students enrolled who worked in groups virtually between the two campuses and two days. LU Department of Nursing instructor Lori Wenner led the project and worked collaboratively with Cardinal SOAR from the first Cardinal NEST opening at Pietzsch-MacArthur Spring 2019.
“Pre-pandemic, we would go to the campus, visit with students in the classrooms, attend their PE and art classes and interact with them for a few hours,” said Wenner. “The nursing students taught health lessons like Stranger Danger, How to Brush Your Teeth and The Importance of Exercise.”
With campuses closed in 2020, LU students had to present projects to their peers, who had to pretend they were preschoolers. “It was a lot of fun, but we definitely missed seeing students in person,” said Wenner.
Spring 2021 semester classes were done virtually through Microsoft TEAMS. “Part of the course is learning how to work in groups and put together a plan,” said Wenner. “We had about four to five nursing students in groups, learning how to work together as a team.”
“The program is an outstanding opportunity for the students of BISD and LU,” said Dr. Teresa Simpson, LU Executive Director for the Office of Community Relations, Economic Development and Student Access. “The LU students develop transferable career readiness skills through the practicum experience while the BISD students gain lifelong best practices in appropriate growth and development characteristics.”