UW-Green Bay Nursing Students Step to Front Lines

UW-Green Bay Nursing student, Precious Yang draws up the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to immunize a patient at the Lakeshore Community Health Center in Manitowoc on Friday, March 26, 2021. Observing the nursing student, left, Christine Vandenhouten, chair of Nursing & Health Studies at UW-Green Bay.

Nursing students at UW-Green Bay were enlisted to help rollout the state’s COVID-19 vaccination effort at 13 sites in Northeast Wisconsin. With the leadership of Professor Chris Vandenhouten and nursing faculty, nursing students have provided more than 700 hours vaccinating and educating at COVID vaccination sites in February and March alone. Additionally, nursing faculty have contributed 77 hours toward vaccination efforts during this period. Students were eligible for academic credit for their participation, as well as real-world experience.

• The UW System offered $500 tuition credits to nursing students who provided 16 hours of work in vaccine and rapid testing clinics at the state’s 13 universities, allowing an opportunity for the more than 4,000 nursing students statewide to
receive real-world experience during a time when traditional clinical experiences were limited because of the virus.

• UW-Green Bay hosted one of the state’s COVID-19 surge-testing sites—a partnership between the UW System’s 13 universities and the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.

• Prevea Health partnered with UW-Green Bay to launch four community COVID-19 vaccine clinics at its campuses in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan. As of mid-May, more than 105,000 vaccinations had been  administered at the University campuses.

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