CSUSB nursing staff celebrates National Nurses Day with surprise

By Lindsey Martinovich |Staff Writer|

The CSUSB Health Center celebrated National Nurses Day on Fri. May 6 with a surprise breakfast for the entire staff.

The goal of National Nurses Day is to recognize the nursing profession and all that they do.

The CSUSB Health Center gladly welcomed this opportunity to praise all of it’s staff, especially the nurses.

Kathi Cole, the health center’s clinic coordinator and nurse practitioner, along with other directors gave their nurses a standing ovation.

By the jovial environment, it was clear to see that the health center staff truly enjoy what they do and like being there.

“We all like helping the students.  I love working with college students and working on campus,” said Cole.

Cole, who has been working at the health center for 19 years, gave insight to everything the center offer.

The health center is made of three components: health education, medical health, and psychological health. There are two medical doctors, three nurse practitioners and five nurses on staff.

The medical health center offers primary care with a focus on male and female reproductive health care.

According to Terri Schmitt, Assistant Director for Counseling, the health center also offers counseling to any CSUSB student.

The health center also has it’s own pharmacy where they can fill prescriptions at a low cost because there is no mark up.

The center as a whole focuses on mental wellness and health care.

“It’s a one-stop sop!” said Carlos Carrio, wellness coordinator.

Carrio, who has been with the health center since 2007, discussed the benefits and everything they offer.

Carrio also discussed the peer health program, which is made up of 10 paid students  who are nationally certified.

Once hired, the students are trained in communication studies, listening studies, program planning and evaluation.

This group of students focuses on PEER (promoting, educating, empowering, results) health, harm reduction, prevention and safety around campus.

They are the group responsible for campaigns such as the wear red event in February, the National Colligiate Alcohol Awareness event, the smoke out and etc.

It is clear that the health center as a whole is a crucial part to the complex puzzle that makes up CSUSB and it is something that should be taken advantage of by the students.

Almost all of the services provided are free of charge.

“You’re paying for a student health fee in your tuition, so it’s economical!” said Cole.

“I really think that the health center at Cal State is great.  It’s reliable because you know it will always be there and their medications are cheap too!” said student Arianna Flores.


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