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Service Learning for Nursing Students

Service Learning for Nursing Students

Second Year students and Mobility students requirements remain unchanged

Requirements: NEW for nurses being admitted to the Nursing program Fall, 2014  (M.A.N.E. 2700)

  • 8 hours of Clinical Experience  in Vision and Hearing screenings
  • This is a commitment to two separate screening events, as all screenings are between 4-6 hours in length, if screenings exceed 8 hours collectively each additional hour can be applied to the 5 hour “your choice” requirement.
  • 10 collective hours of service learning; comprised of 5 hours dedicated to a nutrition course experience and 5 hours which are your choice, General service learning  (you  may also elect to do more screenings or a nutrition course experience to reach your 18 hour total).

Nutrition course experience - Examples include:

  • Community Emergency Assistance Program’s nutrition education program and the “merits of healthy eating” demo outside of local food shelf doors (CEAP – Brooklyn Bounty)
  •  Emergency Food Shelf Network’s nutrition outreach service
  • Guest lecturing in a community setting
    • Open Circle Day Care
    • Buffalo Day Center
    • Resource – Spectrum – Drop-In on Friday afternoon only
  • Meals on Wheels – Clearwater, CROSS, Open Circle
    • AND 5 hours of your choice, that are ideally health related but at a minimum are helping people in some capacity.

It is recommended that students serve on a regular basis until their requirement is complete, last minute opportunities for completion may not exist.

  • Second Year nurses remain at the 40 hours of service learning graduation standard, which includes an approximately 5 hour hearing and vision screening, as a part of the 40 total.
  • Mobility students remain at the 20 hour service learning graduation standard, which also includes an embedded approximate 5 hours hearing and vision screening.

Available Screening Opportunities

Hearing and Vision Screening for Fall 2014

Each site will need 10 - 12 students

Thursday  9/25/14  Montrose Elementary in Montrose  7:45 – 3:15

Tuesday 9/30/2014 Noble  9:45-1:30

Wednesday  10/8/2014  Discovery Elementary in Buffalo  7:45 – 3:15

Monday 10/27/2014 Neill 9:45-3:15

Tuesday 10/28/2014 School of Engineering and Arts 9:45-3:15

Thursday 10/30/2014 Northport 9:45-3:15

Friday 11/7/2014 Meadow Lake 9:45-3:15

Robbinsdale Area School District List

Thursday 10/2/2014 Spanish Immersion  9:45-3:15

Tuesday 10/21/2014 Zachary Lane 9:45-2:15

Thursday 10/23/2014 Sonnesyn 9:45-2:15

Tuesday 11/4/2014 Lakeview 9:15-2:15

Tuesday 11/11/2014 Forest 9:45-3:15 


Sign up by e-mailing tnellis@nhcc.edu . An NHCC confirmation e-mail will be sent, to be followed by a confirmation e-mail, roughly a week prior to the event from the site (except from the Buffalo school district, in which you need to simply show up the day of the event) 

General Service Learning Experience - Working at the animal shelter or for your employer will not be acceptable.  Employers offering volunteer hours apart from your duties will not be accepted.

A service learning opportunity of your choosing can be selected from the list of partners. Nursing students must be helping people in some way; preferably a meaningful interaction with them. Partnership sites do vary in their required commitment and their placement procedures. Further details about partners and their volunteer experiences can be found on their websites under the volunteer, get involved, or help links.

Hours Documentation

Choosing a screening, nutrition course experience, service learning partner or all three is the first step. For a screening, students will contact the service learning department to confirm that the date and time desired is still available. Once the student's screening is confirmed there may be additional contact from the community partner prior to a screening. Signing up for a screening shift only reserves your spot. Students will only be credited for the actual hours on site.

For any other service learning opportunity the student should contact their desired service learning partner. The student should use this contact to initiate the placement process with the partner. This could but will not always include filling out a volunteer application, a background check or training. Once the student is accepted by an organization, the student should inform the service learning department of the following details:

  • The Partner that has agreed to work with the student
  • The coordinator who will be overseeing the volunteer work, including a telephone number and e-mail address
  • The student's start date

The partner in most cases will record your hours electronically, however it is always a good idea to print an activity log from the Service Learning main page and keep your own records.

Hours Verification can be done by a student by going to the Verify Service Learning Hours link in the bottom right of this page.

Help Getting Started

The service learning office is happy and ready to assist you in your placement. If you can articulate your availability, geographically where you would like to do your service and a general idea of the experience you would like to have; placement can be made quick and easy. Please make an office or phone appointment with Troy Nellis if you need assistance getting started. Completing the student interest questionnaire (located right side of home page) facilitates placement.

Additional General Requirements

  • Complete a liability contract which enrolls you in the program. These are located on the Service Learning main page and must be dropped off at the Service Learning office in the library.
  • Complete the on boarding process for the partner of your choice, this may be an online or written application, e-mailing your interest or directly calling the volunteer coordinator.
  • Follow the partner’s procedure. This may include on-site orientation, personal interviews or informational sessions.
  • Once the community partner informs you of your acceptance to their volunteer program, notify Troy Nellis at tnellis@nhcc.edu.  Your hours will be electronically tracked by the community partner using a secure log in to document your hours and a description of your duties; this will be viewable by your faculty member or department, once the hours are recorded.
  • Download the activity log on the Service Learning home page, it is strongly recommended that you keep a separate written documentation of your hours.
  • It is your responsibility to follow up with your community partner. Please ensure that future NHCC students will be valued and desired by our community partners.
  • If you are unsure of which community partner to work with download and complete the student interest questionnaire on the service learning home page and make an appointment with Troy Nellis, Director of Service Learning by calling 763-424-0758. Please allow 48hrs for return calls. For immediate scheduling please stop by the Business Department in the CBT building.
  • Please do not select a site that is not one of our community partners. If none of the NHCC community partner options will work, please contact Troy Nellis with written documentation of your rationale, reasons and what you are proposing as a potential alternative. Your proposal will be considered and reviewed by the Nursing and Service Learning Departments. Starting an unapproved experience you will cause delays and the possibility that your hours will not apply, resulting in no credit.