Southeastern NEWS Southeastern Louisiana University Public Information Office SLU 880, Hammond, LA 70402 504/549-2341/fax 504-549-2061 firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 11/5/96 Contact: Christina Chapple 101 Editors: Photo accompanies release -- Please note local interest SLU STUDENT NURSES SCREEN FOR DIABETES AT NORTH OAKS HAMMOND -- Student nurses from Southeastern Louisiana University are getting valuable community health training while participating in diabetes screening tests for senior citizens jointly sponsored by North Oaks Health Systems and the Louisiana Health Care Review. The students, who currently are studying public health, are administering blood sugar screening tests each Thursday through November 14 at the North Oaks Rehabilitation Center's Occupational Health Services Clinic. According to North Oaks, 17 percent of the approximately 40 patients screened in the first month of the public service program tested positive for high blood sugar levels, indicating that they may be at risk for diabetes. "Everybody wins in this kind of situation," said School of Nursing professor Ruth Rolling, who is the students' public health instructor and is supervising their work at North Oaks. Two students participate in the 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. screening each Thursday. "It's a marvelous opportunity for students to do work in the community and to identify people who need additional medical care. The students have really learned a lot." North Oaks diabetic educator Myra Varnado said 3,500 Hammond area Medicare recipients were invited to take advantage of the free screening. Students check the patients' blood sugar and glucose and blood pressure. "Patients are referred to their physician if they have a problem," Rolling said. "I've really enjoyed it," said senior Becky Gaspard of Mandeville. "I just found one patient with high blood pressure. This is rewarding." - SLU - SLU Public Information on the World Wide Web: www.selu.edu/NewsEvents/PublicInfoOffice/maincont.htm CUTLINE ... DIABETES SCREENING -- Southeastern Louisiana University nursing student Becky Gaspard, center, a senior from Mandeville, administers a blood sugar screening test for the early detection of diabetes to Mrs. Lela Cooper of Hammond, right. Gaspard and other Southeastern nursing students, who are studying public health nursing with Southeastern professor Ruth Rolling, left, have been participating in five-week diabetes screening project joinly sponsored by North Oaks Health Systems and the Louisiana Health Care Review.