Alderson Broaddus University is proud to serve the campus community, Barbour County, and the surrounding areas as members of our faculty, staff, and nursing students help support the administration of COVID-19 vaccines locally.
Dr. Kim White, associate professor of nursing and chair of AB School of Nursing, shared that, “COVID-19 and the pandemic itself, is not in our nursing curriculum and is not something that we have a textbook that we can use for teaching. It is something that we are learning daily. Because of that, it is imperative that our students have this experience and be better prepared to enter the field of nursing during a pandemic.”
AB School of Nursing faculty and students are volunteering at the on-campus wellness center, area hospitals, and local coronavirus clinics as inoculation efforts continue. Dr. White explained that their participation is an opportunity to have a real-world impact on public health and bring much-needed help to working nurses. “Our students will be more aware and have a better understanding of the effects the coronavirus is having, not just in a hospital setting but also in the community setting.”
In 1945, Alderson Broaddus offered the first-ever four-year nursing program in West Virginia. Today, AB offers several nursing programs for students seeking flexible schedules and options for those beginning their nursing education or looking to further their education to support their career goals.
Alderson Broaddus nursing student volunteers participated in a rigorous training program ahead of assisting with the vaccination effort. Starting January 21, senior nursing students provided extra hands while gaining clinical experience and learning about vaccinations.
About Alderson Broaddus University
Alderson Broaddus University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.
The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.
Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. Alderson Broaddus University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968, a post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1993, and West Virginia’s first baccalaureate nursing program in 1945.
AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.
For more information about AB, visit www.ab.edu.
Photo Caption: Dr. Kim White and a nursing student administer Moderna vaccines at the AB Wellness Center.