Microbiology and Urinalysis Students Visit Coventry Village to Educate Residents

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MA student, Alyssa Christ shows how bacteria can still remain on you hands after washing them to residents.

For their service and applied learning project, students in Microbiology and Urinalysis at Globe University-Madison West presented a discussion on good and bad bacteria to more than 15 residents at Coventry Village, a local senior retirement community.

Students briefed attendees on the several different types of good and bad bacteria. They offered a proper hand washing demonstration and shared their findings from cultures they sampled. These samples were a hit with residents as they were shocked to learn of what types of bacteria can be found off of basic household items and food. The sample off of the skin of a potato was met with peaked interest. “I didn’t realize that! I need to scrub my potatoes better.” one resident exclaimed.

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From Left: Rachel Hamilton, Imani Satterfield, Beth Schultz and Alyssa Christ talk with residents on bacteria and proper hand-washing.

Residents were also encouraged to view bacteria under the microscope. One resident described a sample like “the designs my grand-kids drew on paper.”
Students involved enjoyed the evening Imani Satterfield shared, “Tonight went well. I was glad we had a big crowd and it amazed me how much they knew and how interested they were. It was a great night!”

Becky Rogers, employer at Coventry Village appreciated the student’s efforts stating, “The students have a very good knowledge of microbiology. They were very pleasant and had nice interactions with our residents.”