Nursing students promote women's health at Pekin Hospital

November 30, 2010

Five Bradley junior nursing students and two faculty members participated in National Mammography Day at Pekin Hospital in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The students offered education to women about bone, heart and breast health and provided flu shots. Volunteer health department and hospital workers also provided free bone density scans and mammograms.

The event was sponsored by the Tazewell County Health Department and Pekin Hospital. It was held in Pekin Hospital’s Women’s Diagnostic Center. In addition to the mammograms and wellness advice, visitors also received goodie bags and prizes related to women’s health.

Dr. Peggy Flannigan, one of the faculty members at the event, said she was impressed by the effort the students put into the health education offering and was touched by their interactions with the women.

“The students got to learn from the women, too,” she said. “They felt really rewarded by it.”

She noted that the event was very significant for the visitors, as well: 17 of the women were identified as needing further screening.

Junior nursing major Ambria Bishop, who administered flu shots, found the event very worthwhile.

“It was an extremely rewarding experience as the women were truly grateful for the opportunities they were given,” she said.

National Mammography Day has been recognized annually on the 3rd Friday of October since 1993.