Career in nursing on the path of honorable service, and giving an all-out patient care satisfaction, simply means a labor of love with a touch of creativity.

Nursing students at Yale University were innovatively taught how to be resourceful in their own way when it comes to being a self-declared dietician, through harvesting and creating healthy meal options themselves to effectively understand how to recommend a healthier diet.

Said activity is part of the Community Health Nursing and Public Health course for students in the first year of the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) program in partnership with Yale Landscape Lab, which provides opportunities on the West Campus for numerous workshops on the importance of food systems and access to healthy foods, among other sustainability-related research topics.

The Landscape Lab, just a 5 minute walk from the School of Nursing, delivers access to 136 acres of mixed urban and natural environment for cooperative interaction projects in food systems, health science, energy systems, entrepreneurship, ecology, and land use, which now connect over 20 specialized schools, departments, organizations, and student groups across Yale.

“Being able to come out of the classroom, and onto the Farm adds so much to the class.  Today, we have discussed nutrition counseling and practicing motivational interviews based on certain case scenarios. The opportunity to then plan and cook a meal and for hypothetical patients, while considering budget, food availability as well as culture, family, taste preferences, really creates an impactful lesson,” said Michelle Kennedy, APRN, who runs the training in the GEPN Community Health Nursing course, in an article.

Still, on the same article, Justin Freiberg, who leads efforts at the West Campus Urban Farm within the Yale Landscape Lab said, “Our partnership with nursing is a great example of how we can use the landscape for the benefit of scholarship at Yale, and ultimately, with these future practitioners and change makers, for real-world impact.”

These outdoor sessions integrate hands-on harvesting and cooking exercises with discussions and a lecture forum intended to help the students discover their personal connections with food as a way to equip them to uphold healthy lifestyle practices.

Classes run twice a year, once in late winter when students learn about food availability across the different seasons, and the other one is on early summer when the first harvest are on offer at the farm.

Erudite Nursing Institute™ supports these simple activities to improve nursing education learning. The institute integrates manageable activities for students to enjoy their educative journey through fast-track nursing.






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