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Healthy Times - Fall 2005

CHP Partnerships
McAuley Health Center: Fulfilling an important mission

The long and fruitful relationship between the McAuley School of Nursing and Trinity Health has created the opportunity for nursing students to get a close-up view of community health care while also meeting the University’s mission of service.

Two years ago, faculty members with student assistance began the McAuley Health Center at the former Mercy Hospital on Detroit’s east side where Trinity Health opened the Mercy Primary Care Center. The McAuley staff handles more than 1,500 visits a year.

The UDM project enables the Mercy Primary Care Center to serve many more patients than would otherwise be possible. It is supported in part by funds from the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions.

Each semester senior and accelerated-option students in the community health undergraduate degree program are assigned to the health center. Family nurse practitioner students also spend time there.

These students have the opportunity to see the positive impact that community health services can have on an underserved population. Last spring nursing students taught a basic hygiene class for teenagers.

Having the clinic run by nurses also provides an unusual education opportunity for the students. “They wend their way through the health care system and develop business savvy,” says nurse practitioner Nora Creighton, who leads the McAuley Health Center.