Medial Assisting Class Helping to End the Cycle

A graphic arts illustration that says "Stop Abuse".

In our world there are so many different things that affect each and every person in some way or another. The students in Patient Care I are working to help raise awareness for one of these things with while completing their service-learning project.

This quarter the five students in Patient Care I are working the Compass Center here in Sioux Falls while at the same time working on a National Campaign, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, to help raise awareness for gender violence, rape, and domestic abuse. The Compass Center is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic and sexual violence through victim/survivor services, batterer intervention programs, education, outreach and prevention.

The students are working to complete several task in a joint effort to raise awareness. First students are completing direct service by offering their time and resources with the Compass Center. The students are gaining hands-on experience with very real issues. The students are then combining their experience at the Compass Center and working on several projects to help spread the word. They will be setting up various visual representations for all those affected by domestic abuse and rape. Students are also creating information to spread the word about the Compass Center.

Patient Care I is not the typical class for this type of project but students are improving their skills with client education, understanding administrative procedures while assisting at the Compass Center, as well as modeling professionalism at all times. Students are gaining hands-on experience with a population in Sioux Falls that they may encounter in their future career and becoming better equipped to handle this type of situation.