Online Program

Recess with a goal: Activity, fun and relationships

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 12:50 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Mary Cranston, MS, RN, Mennonite College of Nursing, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Schools face many demands. Classroom time is precious and carefully protected by teachers and administration alike to focus on the common core. When working to address wellness needs that schools must also attend to, the idea of creating recess clubs has been a great solution. Utilizing undergraduate nursing students to provide health promotion blended with activity on a weekly basis gives the schools a means to address wellness in a different way, promotes safe, healthy activity at recess and allows nursing students to learn about and practice health promotion education. As a part of a unique joint public health/pediatric clinical experience funded by State Farm Insurance, America's Promise School Project undergraduate nursing students are able to develop relationships and interact freely with elementary school children in a format that does not conflict with classroom education and supports physical education goals and objectives. Nursing students learn to work with interdisciplinary staff and students to create and sustain this club. This presentation will address how and why the clubs were formed, the initial focus of the clubs and how that has evolved in to more focused and purposeful time promoting both activity and teaching elementary students about stress and stress reduction techniques. Challenges, changes and lessons learned will be discussed along with the benefits to undergraduate nursing education. This experience is cost effective as well as applicable to any school setting worldwide.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the components of a nursing student run recess club. Identify the benefits, challenges, and lessons learned in establishing a recess health club utilizing nursing students.

Keyword(s): Nursing Education, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the clinical instructor and course leader for Public Health Nursing and a member of the America's Promise School Project Committee. As a master prepared nurse, I have been accountable for facilitating and supporting students in the implementation of recess clubs as a part of this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.