Martinsville nursing students step up to fight pandemic


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Nursing students in Martinsville are doing their part to fight the pandemic.

Most recently, 21 students from Patrick Henry Community College helped distribute doses of the Pfizer vaccine to more than 2,000 people at an event at the Martinsville Speedway.

Each student put in an eight to 12 hour shift.

“I’ve probably done 50 today and that’s just me,” stated fourth-semester nursing student Ashlyn Holt.

Holt says she has had to adapt to the changing curriculum.

“When you’re in health care you always expect the worst and I was not prepared, but, I mean, I guess you have to do what you have to do.”

The college has two nursing programs with about 80 students who have been helping with testing and vaccines throughout the pandemic. The Director of the Nursing program Amy Webster says this was what needed to be done to help their community.

“We’re a big part of our community being an education facility, and so to also be educating new nurses, it’s important to be a part of this great initiative,” Webster said.

Valerie Mullins, a third-semester nursing student, says she’s overcoming her fear.

“Of course it was terrifying,” explained Mullins, “but I knew that this is where I needed to be.”

According to Mullins, this was not how she expected her clinical hours to go.

“I was expecting to get in there and do some injections and some patient teaching, but I did not expect [to help to distribute] the COVID vaccine and the pandemic.”

However, Mullins says it’s been a great opportunity to work with experienced nurses.

“We are side by side with some of the most experienced nurses and I love it.”

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