Nursing students take part in MUSC Health Florence mass vaccination drive

Students at Francis Marion University help with vaccine distribution

FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) - Francis Marion University nursing students stepped out of the classroom, and stepped up to help people get vaccinated.

A number of students helped MUSC Health Florence provide more than 1,700-second doses of the vaccine at the Florence Center today.

Nursing Instructor Dr. Kellie Middleton said it’s an honor to see her students getting firsthand experience.

“This has been just a phenomenal experience to see the growth in our soon-to-be graduating nursing students who are going to be helping the community as registered nurses,” said Middleton.

Senior students helped provide the vaccine under the supervision of instructors, while younger students helped register patients.

Natalie Cook, one of the future nurses who helped give the shots, believes this opportunity will set her up for success after she graduates.

“I kind of like getting thrown into things, I think we all learn better that way, so when we get into the field we’re already going to know what to expect going into it. Like I said, this is the best way to learn,” said Cook.

While the pandemic has brought many obstacles, MUSC Health Florence Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rami Zebian said its also brought people together.

He’s happy to see Francis Marion University students and faculty stepping up to support them in their effort to get people vaccinated.

“We feel that the community has been appreciative of what we’re doing, they’re partnering with us and this is a huge example of it. We just want to get shots into arms, get people vaccinated and get this behind us,” said Zebian.

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