Nevada community college responses to COVID-19 have again shown why these institutions are so critical to local communities. They are among the institutions that have trained many of the first responders and nursing professionals that are fighting on the frontlines during this pandemic. Colleges have also donated many items necessary for fighting COVID-19 while many hospitals are experiencing shortages. Students have stepped up in many ways to offer service during a trying time for everyone.
Nevada State College
Nevada State College has had many students and faculty involved in various volunteer organizations that have been helping during the pandemic. One student owns and runs a meal delivery service that delivers free meals to those in the high-risk category that are unable to leave their homes.
The nursing program has developed a method to allow this year’s cohort to graduate on time so they can join the nurses and help alleviate the nursing shortage. They have also donated their PPE reserves to local hospitals.
Truckee Meadows Community College
Truckee Meadows Community College has also donated any of their personal protective equipment to local hospitals during this time. They have also given permission for the Reno Fire Department to use their two ambulances during this time should they need them. Faculty and staff have also gathered materials and are 3D printing face shields for frontline healthcare workers to use. They have been able to print them for $1 per face shield.
Great Basin College
Great Basin College accelerated their nursing program so those students that were slated to graduate in May were able to graduate in April and assist with the nursing shortage at this critical time. Paramedic students also graduated early so they could fill the need for more EMS responders. They also gathered and donated any extra personal protective equipment they use in their classes to donate to local hospitals for those on the frontlines.
University of Nevada-Reno
Students of the University of Nevada-Reno have done so much in aiding against the fight of COVID-19. An honors student created Shopping Angels, a group that delivers groceries to those in the high-risk category. Volunteers pick up groceries and other items for those that cannot leave their homes. Along with this service, faculty and staff have gathered large amounts of personal protective equipment from various schools across campus to donate to local hospitals. Medical students have also had the opportunity to be among those testing patients for COVID-19 under the supervision of medical professionals.
College of Southern Nevada
The College of Southern Nevada has gathered and donated a large amount of personal protective equipment to local hospitals including N95 masks, gowns, face shields, and gloves. CSN is also loaning 3 ventilators to Henderson Hospital.
Desert Research Institute
Desert Research Institute has a research and data science team that is leading the research on the Healthy Nevada Project that is tracking and tracing exposure to COVID-19. They are also assisting research teams with Helix in developing an at-home saliva test for COVID-19.
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
The University of Nevada Las Vegas has tapped into its experience with medical students to assist with the pandemic. Many students from the School of Medicine have been screening calls for appointments to receive a COVID-19 test. They have been on phones answering questions and verbally screening all calls. Students have also been volunteering their hours with the intake of medical responders’ children, providing countless hours of childcare. Students have also participated in delivering groceries for those in quarantine as well as organize food bank drive-thrus for others in need of food at this time.
Western Nevada College
Western Nevada College has been training nursing and EMS students and has provided a way for them to continue their education and finish required clinical hours so they can graduate in May. These graduates will be able to be employed immediately and help alleviate the strain on the shortage of nursing professionals during this time. They have also gathered extra PPE that is generally used in classes and clinical settings to donate to local hospitals.
During these difficult times, many students have had the trial of transitioning to online classes and have experienced disruption in their day to day lives, but they refuse to be beaten. Students and faculty have donated PPE, expertise, and their time as they have sacrificed for the benefit of their communities. The Nevada community college responses to COVID-19 have again shown how important these institutions are to communities and society as a whole.
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