Nursing, Nutrition and Wellness
At Chamberlain we believe strongly that overall health and well being is not only enhanced through good nutrition and consistent exercise, but also that it is the basis for all that is necessary to making gains and success in academics and lasting emotional growth. The two nurses in the department work with our consultant nutritionist, our psychiatrists, and the clinical, academic and Student Life teams to ensure the students' medical and overall well being needs are being attended to and included in ongoing treatment planning.
Here’s what our Nursing Office has to say:
"At Chamberlain we attend to far more than psychiatric matters. For example, we can provide excellent daily support and care for students with chronic conditions like severe environmental or dietary allergies, diabetes, Crohn's, and epilepsy. We're available to students in our office from 8-4 Monday through Friday, and a nurse is on call every night and every weekend."
"Of course, as happens at any school, students get seasonal colds, flu, and other minor illnesses. We have a small infirmary where sick students get TLC, and we have an ongoing relationship with a local pediatric practice. We are also able to work with private doctors and specialists with whom a student might already have a relationship, and transport them to local area appointments when families are unable to."
"Many of our students are on medication. Morning and night, it is administered in the dorms by Student Life staff trained by us. Students who need medication mid-day come to the nursing office. Nurses monitor the students' progress on the medicines, quickly letting the psychiatrists know about successes and areas of concern."
"Wellness takes almost as much of the nurses' attention as illness. Through nutrition and health groups that we run both during and after school hours, we educate students about health in as fun a way as possible. For example, a fitness group we ran recently tried a different kind of exercise each session. One week it was a Zumba class. One week we went outside and did calisthenics. We have a walking group; everyone gets a pedometer, and we have a contest to see who can walk the most miles. And of course there are many options like soccer, Crew, Frisbee, and horseback riding for real athletic activity as well."
"Exercise and a little instruction and encouragement about nutrition can make a big difference in the life of a student. One young man has lost 77 pounds all on his own, just having become aware that outdoor and indoor physical activities are fun. He had been taking medicine for a pre-diabetic condition. Newly trim, he no longer fits that diagnosis, so he's off of that medication. Another student has lost almost 60 pounds. Just talking with a nurse on a day-to-day basis helped these students—and of course it didn't hurt that the Student Life staff consults with us on menu planning. In the dorms, the meals and the portions are healthy."