Halloween Nursing StudentsThis fall, Perry Wellness Center continues its tradition as a learning site for Georgia Southwestern State University nursing students. As a top peer services provider in Georgia, our program gives students an opportunity to learn the philosophy of wellness and recovery and to interact with individuals who receive behavioral health care. Many future nurses will work in mental health or substance abuse treatment settings, but even general care nurses regularly come into contact with individuals who face the challenge of mental illness or addictive disease.

On Halloween Day, six nursing students visited the campus to receive credit toward their mental health practicum through the GSWU Nursing Department.  Their arrival coincided with the last day of our annual Spirit Week, so they witnessed the spirit of celebration that peers and staff displayed with their novel costumes and excited anticipation of the upcoming Halloween party.

The nursing students readily joined in the festivities and assisted peers and staff with last-minute details on costuming and party preparation. Twelve extra hands made the preparations go even more smoothly.

“I think we had 18 students visit Perry Wellness Center in the last three weeks,” notes PWC founder and CEO Stuart Perry. “These latest students were brave! It was an active week this last week of October. Still, the nurses fit right in and celebrated with us.”

As with many “teachable moments,” sometimes the best learning opportunities occur, not in the classroom, but in unexpected places and ways. One student summed up the visitors’ feelings about their day: “We are happy to see the good works and concern at Perry Wellness Center. We know now why we visit this center as part of our education.”

Pictured in the photo above are nursing students, from lower left: Thomas McSwain, a senior from Leesburg, studying critical care; Katelyn Barnard, a student from Macon, studying emergency care; Nina Johnson, a junior studying labor and delivery; Macy Crawford, a junior from Reynolds, studying pediatrics; Rachel Broome, a junior studying emergency care; and Karona Hutchinson, a junior from Miami, studying labor and delivery.


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