Week 8 in review

     Is there a theme to describe week 8 at MSOE?   Here is what I've heard: can you believe it is almost May? How many days to graduation?   I have 6 papers and projects due!  Finals are in 3 weeks! I wish I didn't procrastinate!  It feels like everything is due all of a sudden! No doubt, the end of the quarter is very stressful, and lets be honest, the weather doesn't  help much.   

      Week 8 has taken on new meaning in the School of Nursing, thanks to the NU 3320 (Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies) class led by Dr. Wenzlaff.  Week 8 is about self-care, relaxation, rejuvenation, and managing stress within the context of chaos that is a part of the end of the school year and the quarter.  The menu included: pet therapy, aromatherapy, nutrition, yoga, massages,  art therapy, music therapy, and, my favorite- light therapy (spring will eventually arrive).


Week 8 is also all about kids in the Ruehlow Nursing Complex.

          The pediatric lab, hosted by the faculty in NU 2010/NU 2011 (Professor Barkimer and Professor Dettinger) is hands down, the most fun learning activity on this campus.  NU 2010/2011 are the two health assessment courses.  The course faculty send an invitation to MSOE faculty, staff, and students, inviting them to bring their children to campus.  The students then have an opportunity to practice assessments on kids of a variety of ages. 

         Alex (Fall 2016) said, “I think that the pediatrics lab was a great success. It was an awesome experience to be able to practice our physical assessment skills on infants, toddlers and school age children. It's opportunities like this that MSOE provides us with to become successful nurses!

          Speaking of kids…..  Professor DeCoopman has devised a very clever way to help students’ master hearing/counting heart and respiratory rates on infants who are crying. She implanted a speaker into the chest of a doll, which is attached by cable to the computer where she has audio files of heart and respiratory rates.   Students are then able to hear the multitude of sounds, and learn to differentiate and accurately count the infant heart and respiratory rates.