President Susan M. Donovan received her second COVID-19 vaccine from Bellarmine nursing graduate Macauley Nash.

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The tradition of 'The Outreach' continues

Spring 2021

The weekend Outreach program may have ended in 2007, but the Nursing program continues to reach out to the community in myriad ways. 
 
Most recently, faculty and students are helping to ensure that Louisville-area residents receive the COVID-19 vaccine by administering the injections in partnership with the city's Department of Public Health and Wellness. 
 
Students in the Accelerated BSN program will be at the LouVax site at Broadbent Arena every week through the end of the semester and are also helping with University of Louisville vaccination clinics and at the BU COVID Care Center on campus. 
 
Leslie Leffler, who joined the Nursing faculty on Jan. 1, 2021, said volunteering was a wonderful experience. “The people receiving the injections were so thankful for the opportunity of being vaccinated, they barely noticed I was sticking a needle in their arm,” she said. 
 
The Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences also has dozens of service-learning activities and clinical affiliates, including: 
 
  • Park DuValle Community Health Center’s Active Steps for Diabetes program 
  • Supplies Over Seas
  • Atherton High School Health Academy
  • Jefferson County Public Schools’ athletic, scoliosis and vision/hearing screenings
  • Atria Assisted Living for Senior Adults
  • Catholic Charities Migration & Refugee Services 
  • Down Syndrome of Louisville
  • Fern Creek Senior Center
  • St. John's Center
  • Volunteers of America-Freedom House
  • Norton Children's Hospital
  • Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic Schools
 

Allie Lowry, an Accel student from San Francisco who volunteered at the LouVax site, said it was a testament to the dedication that the nurses and volunteers show to their community each day. “I was honored to be a part of it,” she said, “and I’m proud of my new profession and fellow nurses!”

PHOTO: Bellarmine President Susan M. Donovan received her second COVID-19 vaccination from Bellarmine Nursing graduate Macauley Nash.

 

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