Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States (www.cdc.gov) and managing your blood pressure is one of the ways to protect yourself. Students in the Patient Care Sciences 1 class at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine, instructed by Stephanie O’Malley, went to the Chain of Lakes YMCA for a special project to offer educational material on healthy blood pressure ranges. Students also provided blood pressure checks to YMCA members and employees.
The Patient Care Sciences I course provides students in the medical assistant program with the knowledge and basic concepts of outpatient care. This includes demonstrating medical professionalism and being able to proficiently measure blood pressure. Both of these intentions were accomplished with this experience.
This quarter, students Josh Johnson, Samantha Grafnitz, Amber McManus, and Samantha Estola (pictured) met at the YMCA in Lino Lakes to participate in this applied learning project. This is the fourth quarter our medical assistant students have worked with the YMCA in Lino Lakes to complete this project, which is beneficial to both our students and the YMCA.
“This applied learning project was helpful for the YMCA because on Wednesdays they have increased traffic, and this opportunity was something else for the members to do,” instructor O’Malley said. “This project also gave the students a great opportunity to work with people other than their classmates, which promotes professionalism when working with clients. The students were nervous at first, but by the end of the experience, they were more comfortable and confident, and thoroughly enjoyed it. YMCA members enjoyed the students’ presence, and some even had their blood pressure checked twice – before and after their workouts.”