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Nursing students to administer COVID-19 vaccine in Oklahoma

Posted at 9:27 PM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-13 00:47:39-05

Healthcare workers need all hands on deck to administer Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine, next week. Students at the University of Oklahoma's College of Nursing are being called to the front line.

"That's pretty interesting to me is being able to be a part of this not even when I'm a nurse yet," OU nursing student Pooja Gandhi said. "I'm still a student."

Hospitalizations are at a tipping point in Oklahoma. Overflow shelters in Oklahoma City are set up in anticipation of overwhelming COVID cases.

Healthcare workers are turning to the industry's future to help now.

"The state needs the man power," OU College of Nursing instructor Cindy Rieger said. "Also, the students need that opportunity to get proficient in interviewing and giving vaccines."

"The students are more than ready to be part of the solution," OU College of nursing instructor Theresa Murphy told 2 Works for You.

Murphy and Rieger said hundreds of OU's nursing and pharmacy students from the college's locations in Lawton, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa are waiting in the wings to administer the coronavirus vaccine.

They told 2 Works for You, their student nurses are trained to perform under unusual circumstances. Adjust and adapt to provide the best care amid a pandemic.

"I mean...this is what nurses do every day," Murphy said. "The pandemic just highlights what nurses focus on and emulate, anyway."

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