Armstrong goes to the Capitol

Armstrong took center stage at the Capitol Rotunda in Atlanta on Jan. 22, showcasing the university's College of Health Professions during Armstrong Day. The South Rotunda was filled with Pirate pride as students and faculty dressed in maroon for the inaugural Armstrong Day showcase.

Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston personally welcomed Armstrong students faculty and administrators at the event, which took place during the second week of the 2014 legislative session.

Health professions students donned blue gloves and demonstrated hands-on techniques as part of a coordinated simulation of medical treatment for a mannequin “patient” named Chuck. The victim of an automobile accident, Chuck moved through various stage of treatment, from diagnostic assessment to physical therapy, with 15 Armstrong students demonstrating their knowledge and skills throughout the process.

Chuck enjoyed high-quality care by an interprofessional team of students enrolled in a range of programs including Nursing, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Radiologic Sciences, Respiratory Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Physical Therapy and Health Sciences.

Armstrong Nursing student Laura Wold, a 21-year-old Navy ROTC student, took Chuck's vital signs and simulated treatment in an emergency room environment.

“I'm really happy to be here,” she said. “We have a lot of strong students here today and a lot of compassionate Health Professions students who are looking forward to a bright career.”

Kaitlyn Munn, a medical laboratory science senior and hematology specialist, demonstrated blood samples and staph cultures in the center of the Rotunda.

“People seem to be very interested in what we're doing,” she explained. “This is a great opportunity to showcase the College of Health Professions.”

On the floor of the state senate, Senator Buddy Carter introduced Armstrong president Dr. Linda M. Bleicken, who accepted an official Armstrong Day Resolution.

“We are the largest producer of undergraduate health professions majors in the state,” she told the senators in attendance. “Armstrong students are our best ambassadors, and we are very proud of them.”

David Ward, dean of Armstrong's College of Health Professions, appreciated the opportunity to showcase the university's expertise in health care education at the state capitol.

“This event demonstrates the team-oriented approach we build into our curriculum and shows it to legislators,” he said. “This event is the culmination of a multi-year effort to educate legislators about Armstrong's statewide impact.”