Written by Kendra Saal, nursing program chair
According to the National Kidney Foundation:
- One in three American adults are currently at risk for developing kidney disease
- One in nine American adults have kidney disease (most don’t know it)
- The two leading causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes
- Early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease
In order to help combat kidney disease, 12 nursing students and one medical assistant student from Minnesota School of Business-Richfield (MSB) stepped up to the plate to make a difference for over 240 adults in the Twin Cities.
More than 5,000 people attended the American Diabetes EXPO held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The event focused on prevention and maintenance of those at risk for or living with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes.
The students worked with the National Kidney Foundation, helping with the screening process for kidney disease. The students started by welcoming the public into the area and gave them tools to assess kidney disease. The students then calculated height, weight, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). After this was completed, the students went over risk factors with each participant and gave them materials needed for a urine specimen. Other students ran machines that tested the urine. Following assessment, the participants meet with a physician to discuss their results.
“I really enjoyed this experience. Everyone that I encountered was very thankful that we were there. I felt appreciated and accomplished because I was doing something meaningful,” Griselda Segura, MSB-Richfield student, said. had this to say about the event:
“The people we helped were all thankful for what we were doing and the turnout was amazing! We were supported by friendly and helpful staff – plus they provided us with a free lunch, which we were thankful for! I look forward to volunteering in the future for other expos,” Azalea “Renee” Cadle, MSB-Richfield student, said.
We are so proud to see our future nurses and medical assistants giving back to the community!