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|SLU NURSING STUDENTS COORDINATE DRUNK DRIVING PREVENTION PROGRAM
AT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL
HAMMOND – Students from Southeastern
Louisiana University's School of Nursing will present a drunk driving prevention
program at Independence High School on Oct. 21 to show students first-hand
what can happen when one gets behind the wheel intoxicated.
Southeastern nursing students
chose the program as their “Capstone Project,” a community-based health
program required for graduation. School of Nursing seniors are required
to design a project that addresses a health problem or concern and to collaborate
with the community to implement it.
“Underage drinking and driving
is a problem in so many communities,” said senior Ashley Guidry of Abita
Springs, one of the students participating in the project. “We are working
with many resources to make this event effective in improving the community’s
health status and issues.”
This week, the Southeastern nursing
students will distribute anonymous surveys to Independence High School
students to gather statistics on alcohol use, such as how much and how
often high school students drink, if they drive after drinking, and how
they purchase alcohol.
On Oct. 21, during the school’s
homecoming week, a mock fatal car crash will be staged in the high school’s
commons area. The event will simulate the aftermath of a two-car collision
involving a drunk driver and three high school friends who have left an
after-dance party. The Independence Fire Department, local and state police
and Tangipahoa Parish Coroner Rick Foster are participating in the simulation.
Drunk driving survivors and the Alliance of Prevention of Underage Drinking
will give testimonials following the mock crash.
“After all is said and done,
we will distribute another evaluation survey to see if this presentation
has changed any of the students’ opinions about drinking and driving and
to see if they are willing to change their ways,” said Guidry. “We will
also pass out ‘contracts’ for the students to sign that they will give
to their best friend -- or someone else special -- stating that they promise
not to drink and drive.”
Nursing students also involved
in the project coordination and presentation are Leah Carbo, Farrah Wroten
and Jill McDowell of Baton Rouge; Ashley Ferrand of Ponchatoula; Ericka
Keller and Amanda McCullough of LaPlace; and Hailey Roussel of Lutcher.
The students are all enrolled in the School of Nursing’s “Promoting a Healthy
Community” lab under the instruction of Catherine Holland.
For additional information call
the Southeastern School of Nursing at 1-985-549?2156.