Lowcountry AHEC Health Careers Academy (HCA) students gave a helping hand during the Thanksgiving holiday assisting St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Walterboro with its annual Thanksgiving luncheon. HCA students and more than 100 other volunteers helped to serve food to approximately 860 citizens within the local community. The HCA students maintained the serving lines and prepared plates for delivery to those who are shut-in or without transportation. Lowcountry AHEC HCA students have volunteered for the last six of the 13 years that this lunch has taken place at St. Jude’s. Lowcountry AHEC thanks the students for their excellent volunteer efforts!
Prior to COVID-19 Students in the Mid-Carolina AHEC Health Careers Program were able to participate in an interactive activity that allowed them to act as nurses during a simulation activity. The experience was offered through Mid-Carolina AHEC’s continued partnership with Midlands Technical College: Airport Campus. Chaunta Simmons, RN, an instructor with the college’s Health Sciences Department, developed the experience to provide a way for students to actively learn about the nursing profession. Together with Nursing Department Chair Shirley Bannister, RN, they explained the roles of nurses, provided a brief presentation, and enabled students to perform as nurses by taking care of their simulated patient. Students completed a series of tasks common to the day-to-day nursing practice such as patient assessment, foley catheter management, patient positioning, post-operative management, medication administration and safety all while adorned with personal protective equipment (PPE). &qu