Random acts of kindness teach students about health care compassion

04.20.2016 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

San Jacinto College nursing students performed random acts of kindness this semester as part of service learning for their gerontology and advance nursing skills lab classes.

The students partnered with a local elementary school to work alongside their younger peers to create Get Well Soon cards and cards of encouragement for senior citizens. They also brought gift bags to retirement homes and spent time reading to the residents.

“It was a great experience working with the various age groups and watching how the acts of kindness helped them to feel better,” said Venus Penny, San Jacinto College nursing student. “These activities made me even more passionate about becoming a nurse.”

Kimberly Hebert, nursing professor, said the service learning projects were all a part of teaching future nurses about compassion, an essential part of the nursing profession.

“In the process of learning, we must understand that we should give back to our communities,” said Hebert. “It’s important that we take care of those who took care of others. As the semester progresses I see my students’ eyes open as to why these projects are so important.”

Service learning at San Jacinto College gives students the opportunity to turn what they've learned in class into a project or assignment that involves community engagement, such as volunteering, creating events, personal interviews, or any other creative way they can help within the community. Students then may write a reflection piece that discusses what they personally learned and gained from their project.


For more information about San Jacinto College service-learning, visit sanjac.edu/service-learning.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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