School of Nursing Student Government Provides Gifts to Families in Nurse Family Partnership Program
St. Luke's School of Nursing Gives to St. Luke's Nurse Family Partnership Families
The St. Luke's School of Nursing Student Government Association (SGA) decorated the tree in the Trexler Building on the campus of St. Luke's Hospital – Bethlehem Campus with names of children whose families who could use a little extra help over the holidays.
The SGA officers hung the "gift tags" on the tree, then one by one, students, faculty and staff removed the decorative tags and purchased age-appropriate educational toys for the children listed on the tag. More than 70 gifts were purchased, wrapped and returned under the tree.
On Friday, December 7, SGA officers loaded two cars full of gifts and delivered them to the office of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of St. Luke's where nurses from the Nurse Family Partnership could distribute them to the families.
“The SGA students have worked with the Nurse Family Partnership for several years,” said Lisa Storck, St. Luke's School of nursing faculty member and SGA advisor. “Several of the students in our Nursing 5 obstetrical course have the opportunity to spend a day with the NFP nurses and feel they can make a difference.”
The NFP program offers long-term home visitations by registered nurses for first-time, low-income mothers, children and families. Nurses visit the families for two and a half years, beginning in early pregnancy with visits continuing until babies are two years of age.
The nurses teach and support the new families by implementing a national, research-based program with proven positive outcomes with a focus of changing behaviors. Some of the goals include teaching the young moms-to-be about proper nutrition, as well as counseling the mothers to refrain from smoking and using drugs or alcohol. Following delivery, the nurse teaches the new mom about meeting the physical and emotional needs of the baby.
The mothers participate in a maternal life course that aims to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and aims to increase the amount of time between first and second children. The NFP was initiated in 2001 with a four-year prevention grant from the PA Governor's Partnership for Children.
The program continues to be supported by corporate and individual donations. To donate to the program, please contact Linda Robertson at 610-954-2824.