School of Nursing Accepts Award from Oregon Red Cross
School Named "Outstanding Community Partner"
By: Camlynne Waring
Walla Walla University’s School of Nursing was honored as an “Outstanding Community Partner” on June 19 at Oregon Region of the American Red Cross’ Annual Meeting and VIP Celebration in Portland, Ore.
Nursing faculty Lucy Krull and Debbie Lampson accepted the award.
Twelve senior nursing majors have worked with the Oregon Trail Chapter of the Red Cross over the past two years. The students are required to log a minimum of 120 hours for their clinical lab.
According to Krull, only two students out of 24 needing clinical hours are placed with the Red Cross.
“This has become a highly valued clinical site for students,” said Krull.
The students work with staff doing community outreach and disaster training.
Joe Jenks, a 2012 nursing graduate, enjoyed presenting disaster preparedness classes during his time with the Red Cross. He and fellow WWU student Ashley Logan primarily worked at schools and preschools teaching fire, winter, storm, and earthquake safety.
“The presentations were so fun,” said Jenks. “The children had great questions and contributions.”
Jenks and Logan also presented classes to adults, work groups, and neighborhood groups.
The service-minded mission and attitude at the Red Cross stood out to Jenks.
“No matter what disaster they are responding to, the people who volunteer with the Red Cross give freely of their time and energy,” he said.