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SARASOTA SPECIAL TO THE/HEIALD TRIBUNE -For release May 2, 1966 NEW COLLEr.E Nurse Mrs. Frances LeMasters, R N., checks the blood pressure of student Jane Schlicker of Tiigley, Arizona, in the college infirmary. Mrs. LeMasters keeps in constant touch with student health and has a well-equipped infirmary.
NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C ARTHUR INFORMATION FOR RELEASE: u-SUNDAY, Two hospital-type rooms stand empty in the Netv College infirmary. It is spring and student health is relatively sickness-free. But students are susceptible to a variety of ills here as on other campuses, testifies Hrs. Frances LeHasters, R.N., college nurse. So far she bas totaled more than 1,000 student visits to the in-firmary this year, but they are mostly for colds, sore throats, scratches and cuts, insect bites, and sunburn. Nurse LeHasters had her hands full a few ago when the ram-paging flu epidemic that struck locally also invaded the New College campus, even though flu shots had been offered to students, faculty, and staff. In her well-equipped infirmary Let-1asters checks student health daily. For serious illnesses, she takes students to local physicians, or ad-vises them to see a doctor on their own, if they prefer. All students may take advantage of the free health service and most have a special health insurance that provides for medical and hospital services. Urs. LeMasters says that aside from the normal cold-related ill-nesses, the most common malady is mononucleosis which strikes college-age students on all campuses. "Mono" is characterized by fatigue, fever, swollen glands, and its effects often linger for weeks. -more-
r Netv College Page 2 Last year two students had broken legs and one tore li. gaments in his knee, but so far this year there have been no such major injuries. Only one case of a communicable disease--the three-day measles--has been reported. She feels that student illnesses also follow certain cycles. "Hhen everything is going smoothly for them,11 she observes, "you never see some of them. But things B O they come in all the time." Greatest attraction in the infirmary is the set of scales t..:rhich stands prominently not far from the door. "Girls are mostly concerned Hith dieting," says Nurse LeMasters. "College girls tend to gain weight tvhile at school. n Evident on the waiting room table, piled high Hith various health literature is a pamphlet, "A Girl and Her Figure and You." On the other hand, the boys mostly try to gain t..reight and they stream in constantly to check their progress. Students with illnesses have meals brought to them from the college dining hall and this is part of the service that l>frs. LeHasters supervises. She gives no antibiotics or drugs, but dispenses some medicine to help common illnesses. One of the students, his eye swollen shut, was reluctant to take pills offered by the nurse. "He was embarrassed that he didn't have any money, not realizing the medicine tvas free," she recalls. "The last time I saH him, he tvas completely recovered." -more-
r NeH College Page 3 Once a month Hrs. Lelfasters t11akes a full report of students' illnesses and infirmary visits '"hich goes to the president and to the director of student affairs. "And if a student is ill, I am quick to call the parents, too," she admits, A graduate of the School of Nursing at Mercy Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, Hrs. LeMasters later \V'orked at 1'-!ercy Hospital, then as an industrial and school nurse in Ohio, and for the Public Health Department Sarasota County. One case has her puzzled. "I have a student tvho gets an allergic reaction to taking tests in an air-conditioned room, although she doesn't seem to mind attending classes under such conditions." She also has a volunteer "assistant," A pre-medical student brings in fellmV' students to take their blood pressure and also to check their hemoglobin count. "He isn't really helping me," she is quick to add. "He took the responsibility for the college Blood Bank account and he's looking for new donors." -30-