Practical Nursing Students Give Back to the Community
The most recent (2010) graduates of the OCtech Practical Nursing (PN) nursing program donated their time at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic as well as $300 in funds left over from fundraisers used to pay for their yearly Pinning Ceremony.
The PN graduates recognize the valuable services that the free medical clinic provides to the community for those citizens that do not have health insurance. The students understand the challenges that face community members, and they wanted to find a way to give back to the community through time and money.
Rhonda Browning, BSN-RN, PN class advisor, noted, “Students were able to observe at the clinic during their clinical education while in the PN program. This gave them valuable “hands-on” experience and allowed them to see firsthand how vital this facility is to the community. Their donation was a way to “give-back” and show their support of this facility. Some students have actually visited the clinic or referred family members.”
Bertrand V. Gué, MD, chairman of the board of directors of the Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic expressed the importance of the program saying, “The ultimate goal of the clinic is to reduce health disparity and costs in these counties (Orangeburg and Calhoun).” Additionally he said, “To those students that were able to rotate through the clinic, I hope it was a learning experience and that they came away with the desire to give back to the communities in which they work and reside. We wish this for all graduates.”
OCtech PN class graduate Crystal Vaughn emphasized, “We wanted to donate funds to the clinic this year because we feel the Clinic provides the community with the ability to receive exceptional medical care during these tough economic times. We want this to be a service that will continue to be available to the citizens of Orangeburg and Calhoun counties.”