Knowing your numbers helps to make healthy choices. Doctor ofNursing Practicestudent Natalie Carriveau implemented a free health screening project on campus for NDSU staff, helping to promote health in the community. The screenings provided information about cholesterol, blood glucose, hand grip strength, depression and anxiety, blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation.
“I have always had an interest in cardiovascular health, dating back to my teens when I was diagnosed with a heart murmur,” said Carriveau. After researching the topic, she realized there is opportunity in nursing to focus on primary prevention ofcardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States.
“A combination of interest and opportunity led to this becoming my dissertation project,” Carriveau said. It didn’t take long for the open slots of the health screening developed by Carriveau to fill with people interested in finding out more about their numbers.
“Many participants expressed thanks for the screening, and I received multiple comments about how cool the screening was, so I consider this a very positive response,” Carriveau said.
The screening provided an educational opportunity for Carriveau as well.
“I have learned that it takes many moving parts and lots of manpower to successfully implement a health screening. There was a lot learned throughout the process and we were able to tuck away opportunities to improve the process for any future screenings,” she said. “I am very appreciative to have been able to do this, and hopefully I was able to make a difference in someone’s health.”
The NDSU School ofNursingin the College of Health Professions provides bachelor’s and graduate nursing education. Programs are available for part- and full-time students, working professionals and those seeking online educational opportunities.
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