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ECC students attend Iowa Nurses Association meeting

Nursing students at INA meeting

ECC PN students attend INA meeting.

Ellsworth Community College Practical Nursing students and faculty attended the Iowa Nursing Association’s Culture of Safety: Caring for the mental health patient in the Emergency Room meeting on Friday, Oct. 14 in Ankeny.

The objective was to teach students how to prevent hospitalization and manage the disruptive patient effectively. The meeting helped students learn to identify resources in the community for the mentally ill patient in crisis, consider consequences of the lack of mental health beds in Iowa, and explore ways to advocate for resources to serve the mental health needs of patients.

After the meeting INA Board member, Dr. Sharon Guthrie, spoke to ECC students about the importance of being active in the legislative process and the impact of legislation on the future of nursing.

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