Undergraduate Major College of Health Professions
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Nursing Students involved in COVID vaccine clinic Transcription[video: Prof. Guerrero stands in an orange vest in Olson Gymnasium. Behind her, a vaccine clinic takes place. At rows of tables, people receive shots. Those who have just received their dose sit in evenly spaced chairs across the gym floor. Clinic officials wear orange vests.]
Prof. Lorena Guerrero, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor of Nursing: Students have been wanting to become more involved with the pandemic. A lot of their clinicals have been affected in one way or another by the logistics and the surge in patients that a lot of hospitals had.[video: Prof. Guerrero’s voice continues over more footage of the clinic. A shot from overhead of the clinic, patients milling from their tables to chairs.]
Prof. Guerrero: So because of that, they, for a while they said
no students, you know, allowed. So things like this where a student can spend seven hours giving shots and learning about the logistics of how do you set up a vaccination clinic like this
Prof. Guerrero: for my community students, I know that this has been really experiences that they’re not going to have in their lifetime again. Or at least I hope they’re not.[video: Megan stands in Olson Gymnasium wearing grey scrubs, the clinic laid out behind her.]
Megan Drake ‘21, Nursing Major: Our jobs here can be anywhere from actually giving the vaccines to the community. We can also be at the consulting tables, going through their paperwork,[video: Megan’s voice continues over footage of her administering a dose of the vaccine to a community member.]
Megan: making sure they’re fit to get the vaccine and observing them for 15 minutes[video: Megan’s voice continues over a shot of a grey t-shirt with white lettering that reads: “I took my shot to crush COVID #crushcovid” with a cartoon white syringe over the lettering.]
Megan: after they get their shot or filling the vaccines. Some things like that.[video: Erin sits in PLU’s Anderson University Center in grey scrubs.]
Erin Hobbs ‘21, Nursing Major: So it’s a very interesting time to be learning about public health, especially with these vaccine roll-outs and constantly learning and changing with this pandemic as guidelines change as what we know about the virus changes.
[videos: Erin’s voice continues over clips. Nursing students in grey scrubs walk through PLU’s nursing building. Students take notes on clipboards in a simulation lab. A professor instructs two students in a simulation lab. A professor displays how to perform a procedure on a dummy in the simulation lab.]
Erin: And so as a student, I’m constantly learning how to learn. You know, I’m used to opening up my textbook or reading resources, but I’ve really had to do a lot more research on my own about like, okay, when people ask me questions I can’t just be like, Oh let me go flip through my textbook, I have to be like, well, according to the New York Times, or this, or this, you know I have to really be on my game a lot more. And I think that’s really helped me in my own career. And I think it’s going to help me going forward.
Prof. Guerrero: PLU is here to take care of our community. And I think that by offering our resources[video: Prof. Guerrero’s voice continues over footage of a professor administering a vaccine dose to a community member.]
Prof. Guerrero: in both personnel and then also facilities, I think that this is exactly what we need to do to help our society and our community come back to normal, or as normal as we can.[video: Erin’s voice comes in over clips. A shot from overhead of the vaccine clinic. Prof. Guerrero administered a shot to a community member. A photo of another nursing student consulting with a community member. A photo of a student laughing with a community member at the clinic. A close-up shot of a nurses’s scrubs with a button that reads “Nurses call the shots.”]
Erin: Something that we really strive for here at PLU is therapeutic communication. So something that has been really hard throughout this pandemic is making sure that people feel safe and that they feel healthy because it’s this constant state of unknown. I’ve really taken therapeutic communication to another level to really assess where people are sitting with themselves and sitting with this whole process. And, you know, you can tell when people come through that they’re nervous, they’re scared. And so getting them to open up and really using your resources to gauge their level of understanding and to give them empathy and know where they are, and see where they are. But it could be just cracking a couple jokes can really honestly brighten people’s moods and it makes them feel more comfortable with you. I am a third generation PLU student, and I have known[video: return to Erin in the University Center.]
Erin: that I wanted to come here since I was 16 years old. And I am so blessed to be able to be a part of this program. I am just so incredibly happy to be in this position that I am right now and sharing it with others.
Nursing’s contribution to the well-being of society is crucial, and the worldwide demand for nurses is constant — and growing. The PLU School of Nursing views nursing as a caregiving process based in scientific knowledge, humanistic theory and health care technology. As a Nursing student, you’ll be part of a dynamic and supportive learning environment where you’ll work with and learn from outstanding faculty and staff to gain knowledge and skills, share professional experiences with expert clinical preceptors, and become an exceptional nurse. You will be well-prepared for first-level staff nursing positions in hospitals, clinics, the military, long-term care facilities and community health agencies, with the potential for rapid advancement and assumption of leadership roles. All successful graduates are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN for licensure as registered nurses.
Graduates from the last 5 years: Their jobs
- Franciscan Health System
- Madigan Army Medical Center
- MultiCare Health System
- Oregon Health & Science University
- Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
- Seattle Children’s Hospital
- Swedish Medical Center
- Seattle Surgical Society
- Tacoma General Hospital
- University of Washington Medical Center
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