Macie Hanka, a junior nursing student from Delano, Minnesota, said volunteering as an immunizer at the COVID-19 community vaccine clinic at Creighton University is something she’ll remember for the rest of her life.
“The global pandemic is something we’ll talk about our whole lives,” Hanka said. “I feel really honored that I get to be an important part of it and say that I gave people the vaccine. It’s really cool to be a part of that.”
Hanka was grateful to be working with students from other health sciences programs at Creighton, who were preparing the vaccines and delivering the prepared needles to her vaccination station. “It makes it really easy for us,” she said.
She estimated that she had given about 100 shots during her shift. “So, I got lots of practice with that,” she said. “This also helped strengthen my communication skills, talking to people and making sure they were comfortable.”
Hanka said her Creighton nursing education has been rigorous, but she wouldn’t want it any other way.
“The classes are hard, and the labs and clinics give you great experience,” she said. “It’s definitely rigorous, but I think it will make me a better nurse.”
Hanka has an internship set up for this summer, working at Sanford Health in Bemidji, Minnesota, assisting in the surgery and oncology departments. Her goal after graduation is to work in a hospital setting, possibly in the areas of pediatrics or labor and delivery.