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BCC STRONG! We are vaccinated!

Bladen Community College nursing students and faculty have been volunteering their time at Cape Fear Valley Health System -Bladen County Hospital vaccination clinic since Jan. 11. The vaccination clinic is mutually beneficial to the college and the community. Nursing students have not been able to go through their normal clinical placements because of restrictions in hospital settings due to COVID-19. But vaccination clinics have offered students an opportunity to interact with patients as well as help their community. As essential workers, Bladen Community College faculty and staff also had the opportunity to obtain their vaccines at the local hospital.

“We just had a great response from our employees with them coming back and talking about the positive experience of getting their vaccines.  We are so appreciative for our relationship with Bladen County Hospital and the Bladen County Health Department. Working together is such an important part of our community and I have been proud to be a part of this response to the virus, said Tiina Mundy, Human Resource Director at Bladen Community College.

Amy Cummings, BCC nursing instructor, added “I was so proud of the skills performance and the professionalism that our students demonstrated during the clinics.  It was refreshing to see the eagerness of the students to jump in and help where needed.    Our students wanted to take part in history as this pandemic will surely be recorded within the nursing texts in years to come. One student even remarked that they wanted to give back to Bladen – because they were so very grateful for all that had been given to them from the college during this difficult time.”

Dr. Amanda Lee, Bladen Community College President, added “Bladen County, like so many other rural communities, had challenges with having the resources and personnel to manage vaccine clinics, Bladen Community College responded by offering the college’s resources to the community. “We have offered to do anything we can to support our community through the challenges of COVID,” she said. “Not only did we donate our classroom PPE early on when supplies were so hard to obtain, we were pleased that our nursing staff and students had the opportunity to volunteer and assist at the vaccine clinics. Also, we have offered our facilities should our healthcare community need them.”   “I’m just looking forward to the day that we get everybody vaccinated, and our community as well as the college can get back to normal, said Lee.

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