Nursing has established a new fall routine by responding to the call of assisting the campus health center with administering flu vaccines.
Nursing faculty are fully aware that their students possess the ability to engage the college’s academic mission of “becoming responsibly engaged in the world” by volunteering their time, knowledge and skill in the annual flu blitz toward prevention of a campus-wide influenza epidemic.
Nursing students are always eager to use their skills to immunize Concordia students, faculty and staff against seasonal influenza.
“They appreciate this annual opportunity to participate in the community health program on campus,” says Dr. Polly Kloster, chair of the nursing department.
“This gives our nursing students the chance to use their communication and clinical skills, and develop an understanding and appreciation of health promotion and disease prevention while still on campus,” says Kloster.
In recent years, the Concordia nursing program has responded to requests for help from Cass County Public Health and nearby Minnesota State University Moorhead. Concordia alumni have also volunteered when called into action.
“So the motto of our students and alumni seems to be, ‘If you need help, we’ll be there,’” says Dr. Kloster.