KEENE, TX. – When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, nursing students had no idea what was in store for their soon hands-on learning experience. While restrictions limited clinicals, allowing students to gain in-person learning techniques, Southwestern Adventist University gave their nursing students the opportunity to serve at mass local COVID-19 vaccine clinics.
SWAU nursing students partnered with surrounding cities to meet the needs of their communities. The students joined forces with the Cleburne Fire Department, Burleson Public Health Authority and Texas Health Huguley Hospital to provide COVID-19 vaccines to members of the community.
Cleburne Fire Chief Scott Lail reported that nearly 5,000 vaccines were given to the community each week through the spring. Being volunteers, the students had a variety of opportunities to give their support to those in need, including prayer. Supporting, praying and vaccinating members throughout the community gave the students an opportunity to remember why they do what they do, and why they fell in love with nursing to begin with.
SWAU’s Department of Nursing provides one of the top learning experiences for students in Texas. Offering an on-campus B.S. Nursing as well as an online R.N. to B.S. Nursing, the program welcomes two cohorts of students each year who graduate prepared to pass the NCLEX and pursue their career.
By Tim Kosaka
Marketing and Public Relations Director
Photos by Kerrie Kimbrow