Nursing students volunteer to screen high schoolers for cardiac issues

From left: (l to r) Jason Mraz, Marek Szczypta, Sophia Raymond, Carrie Huffman Collins

Recently, NIU nursing students volunteered to provide early screening for potential cardiac conditions in high school students. The NIU School of Nursing’s Northern Prairie Alliance, a chapter of the American Association of Men in Nursing (AAMN) organized the screenings. The Young Hearts for Life (YFL) program offers free EKG testing and evaluation for high school students.

The nursing students received training from the YFL staff and conducted the EKG tests in Lyons Township High School. This event served as a way for nursing students to recievehands-on experience, but more importantly, it provided possible life-saving screenings to students who may not have ever known they had a cardiac issue until it was too late. YFL believes all high school students should be screened and they’ve trained thousands of volunteers, including NIU nursing students, to help with the effort. YFL also helps high schools plan for cardiac emergencies as part of their emergency action plans.

NPA President, Marek Szczypta, felt this event was a great way to use their unique skills in a community outreach project and hopes the club will make this a semi-annual project. Visit YFL for more information.

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