Stayin’ Alive: Nursing Students Teach Expectant Parents Life-Saving Lessons

Posted by on February 27, 2015

Written by Kendra Saal, Dean of Nursing 

Jon Methner and Cathy Smith, nursing students at MSB, teach infant CPR to new parents

Students in the Care of the Child Bearing Family class, part of the B.S. in nursing program at Minnesota School of Business (MSB), recently partnered with Babies “R” Us.

Nursing students were able to use their education to teach a multitude of topics to the public, as part of the Babies “R” Us free education program for new or soon-to-be parents. One of these topics included “Stayin’ Alive.”

“Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother, you’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.” When this song was released by the Bee Gee’s in 1977, parents didn’t know that this song could save the life of their child. The American Heart Association recommends, “call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song ‘Stayin’ Alive.’ CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival, and ‘Stayin’ Alive’ has the right beat for hands-only CPR.”

“Students researched their topic and presented to expecting parents. The value is in translating their nursing knowledge to a level the customers are able to understand,” Peggy said. “Students have remarked that they have written many teaching plans in their nursing program, and it is great to get to implement this one in a real setting. They get to see how their presentations and information is received and gain an understanding of how they could improve in the future.”

Jon Methner and Cathy Smith are two of the nursing students who took advantage of this great opportunity. They were able to teach child safety and demonstrate infant CPR to a group of 16 expecting couples.

“It’s one thing to present to a class of peers, but it’s another thing to present to a group of strangers on a topic like infant CPR. Everyone was watching and listening so intently. It was really cool to give a demonstration about something that could help them keep their children safe at home,” Jon said.

“We both looked up information about choking hazards and tried to find information that would help make this easier to learn for parents. We wanted to make the learning simple for them, because we know that the information that was being taught was frightening for them to think about, and we know that parents are busy,” Cathy said.

“Our instructor suggested that we use a toilet paper roll as a reference for the size of toys that could become a choking hazard. That suggestion worked great, because we could give the parents a visual that could easily show them that if the toy could fit through that hole, that it was too small to give to their baby,” Cathy continued. “The parents seemed eager to learn about how to prevent their infant from choking and how to perform CPR. We weren’t teaching a certification class, but we were able to bring awareness and knowledge to these parents.”

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