Clinical nurse leaders are an important part of the health-care team, particularly for concerns such as prenatal care and childhood obesity, a group of University of Toledo students reported at a national conference this spring.Five students in the Clinical Nurse Leader Program presented at the 2013 Clinical Nurse Leader Summit of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing earlier this year in New Orleans.
They were Chelsea Condon, Sarah Dillon, Lauren Snyder, Tandy Szabo and Kimberly Vriezelaar.
Their project was titled “Clinical Nurse Leaders at the Forefront Guiding Healthy Behaviors in Prenatal Care and Pediatrics With a Focus on Childhood Obesity Utilizing the National Initiative ‘Let’s Move’ With a Foundation in Pender’s Health Promotion Model.”
The “Let’s Move” initiative is a nationwide campaign begun by first lady Michelle Obama as a way to research and combat obesity in children. With the start of “Let’s Move,” the first task force directly for childhood obesity was formed.
“The students did a fantastic job. I was thrilled for them and the opportunity to showcase our students, program and University at a national level,” said Dr. Kelly Phillips, associate professor of nursing and director of the UT Clinical Nurse Leader Program.