To date, and behind the leadership of UW-Green Bay Professor and Chair Chris Vandenhouten and nursing faculty, nursing students have provided more than 700 hours vaccinating and educating at COVID vaccination sites in February and March alone. Additionally, nursing faculty have contributed 77 hours toward vaccination efforts during this period. Nursing students are eager to be involved in this important public health initiative. Nursing students and supervising nursing faculty have assisted at 13 vaccination sites including at the Marinette School District, Watertown City Health Department, Sheboygan County Health and Human Services, Kewaunee County Health Department, Green Bay Correctional Institution, Lawrence University, and National Guard/Menasha City Health Department. Additional sites include Lakeshore Community Health Center, Veterans Administration Clinic and Aurora BayCare.
“I was excited when I found out we would have the opportunity to administer COVID-19 vaccines to the public,” says UW-Green Bay nursing student Jordan Barnes. “It was an exciting time because every vaccine I administered was one step closer to life going back to normal. I was able to learn the science behind the vaccine and how it works in our body, so I was able to ease the nerves of some patients and make them feel more comfortable with their choice to get the vaccine.”
See the full feature on the Nursing program’s effort, including perspective from the Nursing students.