Sticking with The Grove

I have been seriously contemplating what I wanted to write for my first post for weeks now. I dreamed up some awesome narrative pieces, complete with beautifully executed jokes and punch lines, and yet somehow as I sit here at 12:31 am, the perfect, knock your socks off topic just seemed to hit me, or shall I say, pinch me, right in the arm…..

Any ideas?

Well, I won’t keep you on the edge of your seats any longer. Today, I am going to talk about FLU SHOTS!

How’s that for an exhilarating first post? Stick with me here for a second; and no that pun was not intentional.

Picture this: every year I go my local urgent care center, fill out some paper work, await a healthcare worker, get my flu shot, and head on home. But this year was different. This year, I became that healthcare worker! I, along with 50 other UMB first semester nursing students, helped to run a FREE flu shot clinic for residents of Montgomery County. I am still reeling in the excitement of the event. For two hours, we functioned as independent, professional, confident (at least outwardly), healthcare professionals! We vaccinated babies, toddlers, adults, professors, students, people from all walks of life- you name it, we did it.

Most surprising to me, was how easily we pulled this whole operation off. We were all seated at tables with vials of flu fighting serum. Vaccine after vaccine, we drew up the medication and practiced the safe medication administration techniques we learned in lab. The transition from lab classroom to real world setting was seamless; fun even! For once, I could talk to my patients, and they answered– a much appreciated upgrade from the stoic and rather quiet mannequins we are so accustomed to.

So amidst all the midterm stress echoed by my fellow bloggers, this experience was a reminder of the many, wonderful and exciting opportunities that await us as nursing students!

And to anyone still reading this post- get your flu shots! It’s quick, painless, and you might even get a sticker for your bravery ☺


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6 Responses to Sticking with The Grove

  1. AllieRo91 says:

    Rachel, thanks so much for helping get people vaccinated! I’m sure all the public health students appreciate your efforts, I know I do 🙂

  2. dilanigoon says:

    Love this! You’re so brave! Hahah, I’m terrified of needles!

  3. Jessica says:

    Rachel! Glad you guys had the opportunity to practice on real patients! It must have been an extremely rewarding experience! Hope midterms went well, and hope you and the other students finish this first semester with a BANG!

    – Jessica (…A prospective UMB nursing student!)

  4. scurry19 says:

    Great and very relevant post!! Its awesome that you were able to help so many people 🙂

  5. laylam92 says:

    Darn, so mad I missed the flu shot clinic! Must have been so exciting to be apart of that as a nursing student.

  6. dereknehls says:

    Just received my flu shot today. Optimal Research in Rockville is studying a new device for administering the flu vaccine, participation has a cash incentive (hundred dollars). All needy college students can apply today.

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