Nursing Students Answer Call for Help

Nursing Students Answer Call for Help

The students will be a fixture at Fox Cities vaccine clinic the next four months

| By: Britten, Casey

The regional COVID immunization clinic taking place at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center in Appleton is getting a big shot in the arm as nursing students from Fox Valley Technical College began helping with the vaccination effort today.

As part of their clinical experience, up to 170 students will take shifts at the clinic over the next four months. The students will work in groups of 2-4 and be assigned to one of two shifts per day. The students will rotate between giving the immunization and assisting with screening.

All students will be supervised by one of the FVTC Nursing faculty. That includes department chair, Barbara Timmons, who will supervise 16 of the shifts in the weeks ahead.

“There is a great excitement among the nursing students in helping the community,” Barbara said. “They know this is a unique time for them to help the community and be part of the solution to help combat COVID-19.”

The month of February will include students who are in their second or third semester in the Registered Nursing Associate Degree program. Later in spring, students from the Practical Nursing program will also participate.

Students and faculty must all go through required training before they can be a part of the clinic. That includes modules on immunization best practices and learning more about the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna.

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