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Service Learning for Nursing Students

Service Learning in the MANE Curriculum

Service Learning hours must be completed and submitted by April 5, 2017 for spring semester.

Service Learning falls under the broader concept of experiential learning. Experiential learning means to learn by experience, for example, participating in a case study, practicing in lab, or in the clinical site where we work with real people.

Service Learning is more specific and, as defined by Robert Sigmon, “occurs when there is a balance between learning goals and service outcomes.” (Furco, 1996, p.2) The service provided not only is a learning experience for the student, but is a benefit to the organization and the clients it serves. The organization has the ability to cost effectively and personally serve more clients in a timely manner. 

Benefits to the students include a deeper understanding of their course content, a broader appreciation of their discipline, an enhanced sense of civic responsibility, and recognition of the need to advocate for vulnerable groups with unmet needs. The hands-on service is only the beginning of service learning. Reflection, during and afterwards, helps the student to see and use leadership tools (listening, empathy, awareness, conceptualization, foresight, community building) to promote social justice particularly related to basic human needs of health (Maslow’s Hierarchy). (Murray, 2013)

Furco, A. (1996). Service-learning: A balanced approach to experiential education. Expanding Boundaries: Service and Learning. Washington DC: Corporation for National Service, 2-6.

Murray, B. S. (2013). Service-learning in baccalaureate nursing education: A literature review. Journal of Nursing Education, 52 (11), 621–626.

As a requirement of your studies for the NHCC nursing program, 10 hours/semester, for a total of 30 hours for the program are required. These hours are assigned to specific courses and the services provided must relate to the course content.

  • 2750 – Nutrition sites related to food service and those in need of food
  • 2800 – Chronic and Palliative Care sites related to nursing care of the chronically ill
  • 2950 – Leadership sites related to community awareness and vulnerable groups of people



Service Learning Procedure  

Hours Documentation 

Getting Started  

2750 Service Learning Sites 

2800 Service Learning Sites 

2950 Service Learning Sites 

 If you have any questions please contact Katie Butler in the Nursing Department - 763-424-0759 kbutler@nhcc.edu



 Requirements for MANE nursing program

 10 hours of service learning required each semester (30 total for the program requirement) 

  • NURS 2750 10 hours of service learning; sites chosen from the 2750 pre-approved sites (below).
  • NURS 2800 10 hours of service learning; sites chosen from the 2800 pre-approved sites (below).
  • NURS 2950 10 hours of service learning, sites chosen from the 2950 pre-approved sites (below).

Please be aware of the following changes to your Service Learning requirements:

  1. The Service Learning hours must occur during the semester, not before or between, and not during summer or winter break.
  2. Service Learning hours may NOT be carried over from one semester to another.
  3. The Service Learning opportunities will be communicated through the Service Learning web site.
  4. Service Learning sites may be chosen from the list below, no exceptions.
  5. Time spent orienting to the service learning site does not count for hours.
  6. The Service Learning contract MUST be completed BEFORE beginning hours at the site.

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Service Learning Procedure:

  1. Choose from the following approved partners (listed below by course) and schedule your hours with them. Each site may have a different process, so please follow the Volunteer information on their websites to complete their requirements (may potentially include applications, background checks, informational interviews, or orientations). Be aware that some community partners may have a longer time commitment than is required for the course.
  2. Once you've scheduled your Service Learning experience with the site, notify Katie Butler at kbutler@nhcc.edu by completing a Liability Form. Liability contract link: NHCC Nursing Liability form. This MUST be done before you begin your hours at the location.
  3. Complete the hours at that location
  4. Community partner will enter your hours (see Hours Documentation) after completion. Do not contact the sites about entering your hours.

We recommend beginning site orientation and scheduling service learning hours within the first few weeks of the course. Complete these hours earlier in the semester to save yourself the hassle of rushing to get the hours in at the last minute! The majority of hours should be completed prior to midterm; all hours are due week twelve of each course.

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Hours Documentation

 All community partners have an account with the college and will record your hours utilizing the web based reporting system (except Second Harvest, in which case you will need to secure their paper volunteer verification form).

Notifying Katie Butler (kbutler@nhcc.edu) begins a work flow that ensures your hours are documented. Additionally, it is a good idea to print an activity log from the Service Learning main page and keep your own records. If you do not notify Katie of your scheduled hours, the site will be unable to document your hours, and they may be void.  Please be aware that Service Learning hours may take a month or so to be uploaded, depending on the site and their procedure.   If your hours have not been uploaded, please contact Katie and she will contact the site.

Do not contact the site directly about missing hours.

Students may verify their hours by following this link: Verify Service Learning Hours

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Getting Started

  1. Review your course assignment and requirements.
  2. Complete a liability contract.
  3. Select a site from the list available for your course and follow the site directions to schedule hours.
  4. Contact Katie Butler (kbutler@nhcc.edu) and she will begin the process of hours documentation.
  5. Complete the service learning hours.

It is your responsibility to follow up with your sites to schedule your hours. Please ensure that future NHCC students will be valued and desired by our community partners. If you schedule hours, you must complete them or notify the site of any issues. Students will receive a PCRF if they fail to show for their scheduled hours.

If you have a suggestion for future service learning sites, feel free to email it to NursingSL@nhcc.edu with written documentation of your rationale, reasons and what you are proposing as a potential alternative. Your proposal will be considered and reviewed by the Nursing Department for future semesters.

You may not complete hours at a location that you are employed, even if that is an approved site.

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Special Events  


 Minnesota Early Learning Design (MELD)
Set up and conduct a Vision and Hearing Screening for 150 elementary students at MELD. This opportunity is available for 6 students. Pre-approval by 2950 instructor, Linda Carlyon, is required. This is a required activity that we MUST fulfill.
Students will work as a team to screen the children in an orderly fashion, check out the needed equipment from our lab, ensure a documentation form is used, run the testing and inform the school nurse which students did not pass the testing. Review of the vision and hearing screening process and information is required prior to running the screening.
Date January 29. Set timing with Dean Kephart
dkephart@distincitveschools.org and the school nurse.

Mending Project
Opportunity for 2 - 3 students to serve your class by presenting in 2950, April 19 at 0900 and 1800, the information learned from the MENding Project Presentation. Attend and help with the logistics of the presentation at St. Joseph the Worker church, 7180 Hemlock Lane North, Maple Grove, MN 55369. Arrive for this event at 6:30 pm Thursday, April 14. Ask for Mr. Patrick Farrelly when you arrive. Assist with logistics to set-up, welcome attendees, and clean up. Listen to the lectures and present the information to your peers on the April 19th. 
http://www.menaspeacemakers.org/mendingproject   Please contact Cindy Byholm to be included in this opportunity. 2 SL hours for the 14th (approved by Mr. Farrelly) and an additional for hour for presenting on the 19th (approved by Linda Carlyon).

 Immigrant and Refugee Community Asset Fund - Multicultural Resource Fair
Multicultural Resource Fair on April 14th. The resource fair is hosted by Immigrant and Refugee Community Asset Fund Committee which is a part of Anoka County Children and Family Council. The theme of the resource fair will focus on health and wellness. There will be story time and crafts for children.

Date:                   Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Time:                   10:00am-12:45pm
Location:              Blaine Human Service Center, 3rd floor
                            1201 89th Avenue NE Blaine, MN 55434

 There is going to be another resource fair on June 2 focusing on safety for families during the summer and The Enitan Story is going to help with the planning together with Alexandra House. I will be glad to share more details on the planning for your students to participate. You must sign up by Tuesday, April 12th. Please contact Katie Butler for the application.



Blood Pressure Checks at the Minnesota State Fair Filled!
This year MVNA will be offering free blood pressure screenings at the Minnesota State Fair as part of the HCMC and Health Fare 11 booth. We expect to give 12,000 screenings and we need a team of volunteers to help us reach our goal! We are hoping to partner with volunteers to help fill 140 shifts between August 25 and September 5th.

We are looking for volunteers who:

  • Can commit to one 4-hour shift in our State Fair booth
  • Are willing to check blood pressure of Fair-goers using a simple automated blood pressure machine.
  • Are at least 18 years old

Volunteers will receive:

  •  Training in the use of the automated blood pressure cuff
    • A free “Volunteer” t-shirt
    • One admission ticket to the Fair

Available shifts are 9am-1pm, 1pm-5pm or 5pm-9pm each day from August 25th-September 5th.

We are especially in need of volunteers for evening and weekend shifts.

If you or someone you know is interested, please go to this link (copy and paste):

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4ea8a82ba2ff2-mvnahcmc and sign up for a shift.

Karin Meier
Director of Development
Hennepin Health Foundation
p 612-617-4611  |  c 612-919-9046 |  f 612-617-4782 


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