Imagine how helpless, at times, it must feel when you are a first semester nursing student.
Imagine how helpful it would be to have a tutor.
Imagine how great it would be if that tutor was someone just like you; a nursing student.
In the highly respected Allied Health and Nursing Division at Lorain County Community College, each management level nursing student must participate in a service learning project. Every new semester, 100-to-120 senior level nursing students are required to volunteer 15 hours of community service. This service is specifically targeted to tutoring.
“Our students,” said nursing lab coordinator Mary Grady, “have really caught on to tutoring not only in the lab, but in the community.” The students, in their final stages before graduation, tutor in any skill they have mastered. Nursing skills would include dressing changes, giving injections, even math.
Each semester, LCCC has over 500 nursing students come through the lab. The staff provides as much support as it can, but the tutoring program really provides an opportunity for extended one-on-one time. “Our students who have been through it,” said Grady, “are helping and giving tips to those who are just going through it now.”
Barbara Wilford, an instructor in the Allied Health and Nursing Division, implemented this program in her management class two years ago. Mary Grady started it in the nursing lab this past year. “We are very lucky to have the students volunteering in the lab,” said Grady.
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