Tyler Nursing Students Connect with Community to Administer Vaccines
On September 25, five Tyler nursing students partnered with local organization Community Transformers to administer COVID-19 vaccines in the Southwood neighborhood of Richmond.
The students canvassed the neighborhood to meet with residents and provide information about the vaccine clinic. By interacting with community members one-on-one in this way, they were able to answer questions about the vaccine and encourage residents to visit the clinic to receive their shots. “One of the easiest ways to address client fears related to vaccines is to address specific concerns they may have, and do so accurately,” said nursing student Milagra Dudley.
After canvassing the neighborhood, the student nurses staffed the vaccine clinic, where they administered 29 vaccines, provided information about post-vaccine symptoms, and scheduled residents for their second dose, if needed.
The students enjoyed the opportunity to engage with the community and to experience first-hand what they will see in their careers. “This experience showed me how putting people in the neighborhoods, speaking to individuals and families can make a difference,” said nursing student Cherish Nash.
“I intend to remain keenly aware of the barriers preventing clients within underserved communities from accessing healthcare like vaccines,” said nursing student Jennifer Ball. “They have issues from transportation, to language barriers, to fears surrounding not having an ID; as a nurse I need to make sure I am providing resources and information for my clients.”
“Doing the clinic made me want to find more opportunities to reach out to less represented communities and find ways to help,” said Nash. Community Transformers’ executive director, Rhonda Greene, is excited to continue the partnership with Tyler and offer more of these experiences for nursing students in the future.