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Students in the NURS 416 class taught by Beth Hopkins, DNP, RN, FNP-C, clinical assistant professor, recently participated in a service learning project that involved providing over 80 flu vaccines to area residents. The students participated in a two-hour mock emergency immunization event conducted by the Chesterfield Health District at Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights. Filling the roll normally performed by the Medical Reserve Corps, the students worked with emergency response and preparedness personnel from the Chesterfield Health District and the Colonial Heights Health Department.

“Working in an interdisciplinary role, the students were exemplary in safe practices and administration of the vaccine, as well as in assuming leadership roles on the spot in an emergency event,” Hopkins said.

Plans for the spring semester include expanding the bridge with the Chesterfield Health District to increase students’ knowledge of and engagement in emergency events, Hopkins said.

“The goal is to improve senior nursing students’ confidence and competency in future disaster response activities,” she added.

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SON students and Beth Hopkins with the emergency response teams​
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