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'Look for the helpers': Nursing students hone their skills on the streets

from UVA Today

It’s a Sunday evening, about suppertime, and the patient – a 71-year-old man with type 1 diabetes – lolls in and out of consciousness deep in the folds of an overstuffed armchair, a NASCAR race on TV and the smells of the dinner, not yet served, mixing with the pulpy heat of the woodstove. University of Virginia nursing student Ryan Thomas, who moments before was riding shotgun in an ambulance, a map sprawled across his lap, expertly snaps on a pair of blue rubber gloves and addresses the patient whose family dialed 9-1-1 when he became unresponsive. more

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