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Nursing Students help the Homeless Get back on their Feet

A woman rubs a pumice stone on the heel of a man.    A woman rolls up a sock to put on a barefoot man

Eastern Suffolk BOCES (ESBOCES) Nursing students are helping the homeless at a weekly foot clinic. Adult students from the ESBOCES LPN Program learn how to provide care and physical examinations to the guests at Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach Program.

ESBOCES and Maureen’s Haven started the foot clinic in 2018, beginning a relationship that benefitted not only the shelter guests but the nursing students as well.

“Our students are able to get clinical experience and community service hours through the clinic,” said Adult Nursing Instructor Paula Arturi. “It gives our students the opportunity to work with the public and provide compassionate care.”

Students come to the clinic every Wednesday for two weeks. In teams of two, students wash, clean, and examine the feet of their patients. During the exam, they learn how to properly chart any findings such as signs of injury or infection. If the nurses find anything of concern, they refer the guests to receive medical care.

The Eastern Suffolk School of Practical Nursing, sponsored by Eastern Suffolk BOCES, is located at the Bixhorn Technical Center in Bellport and the Adult Education Center in Brentwood. 


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