Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

University of Victoria Nurses Make House Call to Rehab Centre

Nursing Program

Photograph by: Darren Stone, Times Colonist

The University of Victoria’s nursing students recently took part in Wellness Day at the Salvation Army’s Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre.

The Good News Page of the Times Colonist recently reported that a dozen nurses worked with over 200 people over two hours, at the centre at Wharf and Johnson streets.

The students provided a number of services that included foot care, blood-pressure testing, HIV testing, dental hygiene and an ID clinic.

“The ID clinic is a great thing because a lot of these men either don’t have a birth certificate or haven’t for a very long time, or they don’t have MSP cards,” said Salvation Army spokeswoman Lindsay Byers, in the article.

Pat Humble, manager of residence and client services at the centre added that it was great to have these services available without anyone having to leave the centre.

“There’s a lot of barriers -some selfimposed, some healthimposed -or a lack of knowledge, so to be able to bring the services right here, where the men are already comfortable, is great,” said Humble.

He added the foot care was particularly popular, as many of the centre’s residents were on their feet all day.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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  1. GUEST Says:

    Hi Roy,

    There’s a mistake in your subhead. The students were volunteering their services in Victoria, not Vancouver.


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