Nursing students engage in meaningful conversations at 2012 Health Fairs

For the fifth year in a row, students from Selkirk College’s Bachelor of Science Nursing Program headed out into the community recently for a series of Health Fairs for All Ages with the goal of helping improve the health of Kootenay residents and learning more about practicing their profession.

Thirty-two students headed out to the Waneta Plaza in Trail and the Chahko-Mika Mall in Nelson where they talked to people about health issues ranging from child safety to head injuries, women’s sexual health, first-aid and more.

Selkirk College Year 1 Nursing Facilitator, Joanne van der Ham says that while turnout for the event was not as high as she would have hoped, she was pleased with the quality of the interactions the students had with people who did stop by.

“We were really happy with how it went,” she said. “The numbers were not what we would have liked, but we found the conversations students had with people were really meaningful. The people who came up were willing to share their stories about their own health in relation to each health care station.

“The students had a chance to do some teaching. It was a great learning experience for them. They really learned a lot. Just putting together their stations and sharing their experiences was so meaningful.”

She also sends thanks out to all the people who took the time to stop by and talk with the students, as well as the Waneta Plaza and the Chahko-Mika Mall for hosting the events.For more information about the Selkirk College/University of Victoria Bachelor of Science Nursing Program, visit