Will County Health Department Thanks Student Nurses

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Will County Health Department Thanks Student Nurses for Volunteer Service

Published: July 14, 2021.

The Will County Health Department recently cited incredible volunteer turnout as major reason for success fighting pandemic. Nursing student and volunteer hours have totaled over 12,500 for the health department since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began last December.

From January through May, student nurses assisting with vaccinations and other necessities donated 4,733 hours of their time. This included 280 hours from University of Saint Francis students, 945 hours from Lewis University students, 1,086 hours from students at Joliet Junior College, and 2,453 hours from students at Rasmussen University.

“The nursing students have been amazing partners,” said WCHD Medical Reserve Corps and Volunteer Coordinator Barb Agor. “It was a win-win for all of us.  They were in need of clinical sites for the students to receive their hours, and we were in need of medical volunteers for our clinics. They were willing to work, under a preceptor, at any site in the county, as well as for other Will County vaccination partners, or even locations outside Will County.”

 “A big THANK YOU goes out from our Board of Health and Health Department staff to all our volunteers,” said WCHD Vaccine Coordinator Cindy Jackson. “Without all of them, we would not have 331,246 residents fully vaccinated, and would not have been able to administer 685,007 doses of COVID vaccine to county residents.  This happened due to amazing volunteer response, as well as assistance from our student nurses.”

For more on WCHD COVID-19 vaccination efforts, go to https://willcountyhealth.org/vaccine-locations/. For more on becoming a volunteer through the WCHD MRC, please go to https://willcountyhealth.org/emergency-preparedness/.

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