While at Chamberlain College of Nursing, students complete clinical rotations at various healthcare institutions, gaining valuable training and education in the field.
At Chamberlain’s St. Louis campus, Instructor Davida Murphy-Smith, Ed.D (c ), MA, MSN, RN, includes a service project for each clinical rotation group as a way to reinforce to students the importance of giving back.
“Once we start working, it’s really creates a bond between us,” Murphy said. “It’s always been a very positive experience and a great way to form more of a community.”
Examples of past projects have included cleaning the playroom on a pediatric cancer floor, offering babysitting services for the siblings of pediatric patients, or designing bulletin boards to help organize individual departments.
A recent group of six Chamberlain students in their pediatric clinical rotation at Shriners Hospitals for Children® — St. Louis were recognized in the hospital’s employee newsletter.
“Each year our hospital receives rotations of student nurses from various colleges. One group in particular likes to say thank you in their own way – Chamberlain College of Nursing… Following each of the rotations, the student nurses like to leave their own impact by finding a way to give back to the hospital prior to leaving,” the newsletter noted.
For their project, the group chose to clean up an outside garden at the hospital. The student nurses weeded, raked, trimmed, clipped and more to clean up the overly-weeded area. Their hard work did not go unnoticed, with the newsletter adding, “Thank you to Chamberlain College of Nursing for providing a service to the hospital as it continues to improve the lives of children.”