March 5, 2007
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW nursing students give TLC to Trinity residents
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women
nursing students have helped take the mileage off
the feet of some residents at the Trinity Place
Retirement Community for about 15 years.
The community outreach continued this semester with
three foot care clinics offered by students in the
Associate of Science Nursing Program. Three
rotations were also held in the fall.
Students saw approximately 40 to 50 residents a day
where the residents had their feet soaked and
observed for lesions and toenails trimmed.
“Keeping people on their feet is so important,” said
Dr. Suzanne Bennett, assistant professor of nursing,
noting that immobility leads to weight gain, poor
circulation and bedsores.
Bennett added that these clinics are important
because the feet are often neglected when patients
go to the doctor.
She said students also benefit from seeing seniors
who are feeling well.
“It’s so important for the students to see the
elderly outside the acute health care setting and
not hooked up to machines,” Bennett said.
Gerald Scallions, program director for the
retirement community, said, the residents look
forward to the foot care clinics and sign up early
to schedule their appointments.
“The best part of this is the interaction with the
young people and listening to the conversation. Our
residents know the students are coming here to learn
and practice. It’s a two-way street,” he said.
Resident Helen Sawyer, who taught textile and
clothing in the home economics department at MUW for
three years, said, “We wish you would come at least
once a week. We anticipate it. When you get 84 there
are a lot of things you cannot do.”
Elsie Sanderson, who graduated from MUW in 1961,
echoed similar sentiments.
“We always look forward to this activity. We cannot
wait for them to get here.”
The nursing students also enjoy the clinics.
“It’s nice to work with people who are not in a
hospital bed and can interact with us,” said Natalie