The College of New Jersey’s school of nursing, health, and exercise science donated medical equipment to the Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton and Capital Health in Hopewell to help healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gowns, medical masks, and goggles were among the items that were donated.
“These items are critical to support and protect our frontline healthcare providers,” said Carole Kenner, dean of TCNJ’s school of nursing, health, and exercise science. “Educational institutions must partner with our clinical and community partners to do everything we can to flatten the curve of this disease.”
In addition to the donations, students from TCNJ’s school of nursing are volunteering their time and putting their education into practice by helping out in their local communities as nursing and public health students are being called to action during the public health care crisis.
“Those of us in healthcare have the necessary skills to either care for those who are sick or provide education on how to get to screening facilities and how to keep safe,” Kenner said.
Alyssa Ryan, a senior nursing major, volunteered at the Hamilton Township Health Department last week and is serving in the New Jersey Medical Reserve Corps this week.
“It is certainly a scary time in the world of healthcare and for the public with all the constant changes, but I find comfort in knowing my nursing program has prepared me well to be on the frontlines,” Ryan said. “Whether it be delivering meals to those in need, triaging phone calls at health departments, or any other task asked of me during this time, my experiences have only reinforced my deep love for helping others and my eagerness to join the nursing profession soon.”