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School of Nursing marks first year of "Project Nightingale"

March 11, 2003

Project Nightingalean organization created by Austin Peay's School of Nursing to arouse interest in nursing among high school studentsis celebrating the conclusion of its inaugural year by hosting a health fair.

Clarksville High Schools Project Nightingale members will hold the fair on March 14 at the high school.
March 11, 2003

Project Nightingalean organization created by Austin Peay's School of Nursing to arouse interest in nursing among high school studentsis celebrating the conclusion of its inaugural year by hosting a health fair.

Clarksville High School's Project Nightingale members will hold the fair on March 14 at the high school.

The topics chosen and researched by student members surround health issues affecting teens and range from diabetes to rape prevention. APSU student nurses will talk to students about nursing and answer questions about the various topics and about the nursing profession.

“Project Nightingale was created as an answer to the current nursing shortage,” says Holly Gillon, assistant professor of nursing at APSU and founder of Project Nightingale. “It is a venue through which we can increase awareness of nursing as a profession.”

In its first year, Project Nightingale recruited 80 students from Clarksville High School, Montgomery Central High School, Rossview High School and Kenwood High School. Efforts are underway to get more local schools involved.

The club meets once a month at each school to discuss topics, listen to guest speakers or host events. So far this year, guest speakers have covered topics such as flight nursing, home health care, hospice care and operating room nursing.

For more information about Project Nightingale, telephone Gillon at (931) 320-4141.