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Nursing students organize health fair





Folks in the Hays area will have the opportunity to learn a little more about health issues at Saturday’s fifth annual Community Health Fair.

The student-run event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 200 Main in Hays.

It is sponsored by North Central Kansas Technical College’s nursing department and the Heartland Community Foundation, from which the technical school recently received a grant.

NCK Tech offers a one-year licensed practice nurse program and a two-year registered nurse program. Its nursing faculty includes seven instructors and Program Director Sandy Gottschalk.

Numerous booths will give people a chance to learn more about influenza, domestic violence, allergies, asthma and alcohol abuse.

There will be free glucose checks and free blood pressure checks.

A prize will be given to the winner of a scavenger hunt, people can register for free prizes, and there even will be a cake walk.

A representative from Options in Hays, will give two different presentations during the day, and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive.

Also on hand will be the local DARE officer and a Kansas highway patrolman with goggles that simulate visual impairment caused by drugs or alcohol.

Beryl Dinges, one of the instructors in the LPN program, said the fair started in 2010 because “we wanted more of a community focus, an education program for the public.”

“And it kind of grew from there,” said Dinges, who added the LPN students do all the planning for the fair. “They come up with the ideas and run with it.”

Last year, approximately 150 people attended.

The RN students also participate, bringing posters they made on research-based nursing care.