TEMPE, Ariz., February 17, 2021 – As of February 17, the United States surpassed 56 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, with more than 1,227,271 doses tracked throughout Arizona. As efforts continue to administer the vaccine across the state, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is proud to have its MaricopaNursing students on the front lines, administering vaccines and COVID-19 testing to community members.
“All MaricopaNursing Colleges have volunteered to assist with the pandemic healthcare activities in any way possible, helping administer vaccines, screening, testing, and monitoring patients, among other tasks such as working as "helping hands'' wherever needed,” said Dr. Margi Schultz, MCCCD Administrator of MaricopaNursing. “Our students are being scheduled to assist at state and county-run Point Of Dispensing (POD) sites and we will also be scheduling shifts in facilities such as the Carl T. Hayden Veteran's Administration Medical Center to administer vaccines and help as needed."
Located at eight of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges - including Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, and Scottsdale Community Colleges - the MaricopaNursing consortium provides accessible, affordable quality nursing education that prepares graduates to serve in diverse communities.
“Community is an integral value within our District, and we are overjoyed that our MaricopaNursing students are able to assist our community with such an essential need,” said MCCCD Interim Chancellor, Dr. Steven R. Gonzales. “On behalf of the Maricopa Community Colleges, I send my deepest gratitude to our students for their contribution to public health and safety.”
This four-semester nursing program is broken down into four blocks. Block one covers nursing fundamentals; block two studies medical, surgical, and psychiatric nursing; block three is medical, surgical, and obstetric nursing; and block four covers complex care and pediatric nursing, in addition to a capstone.
For more information on state-run POD vaccination sites, please visit the Arizona Department of Health Services at https://www.azdhs.gov/.
Detail on each of the Colleges’ individual contributions can be referenced below:
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Students in blocks two, three, and four of the MaricopaNursing program are assisting at the Pecos Campus vaccination POD, located at 2626 East Pecos Road in Chandler. Each student will have a 12-hour shift administering the vaccine, screening, and monitoring patients after receiving the vaccine.
Estrella Mountain Community College
Students in blocks two, three and four of the MaricopaNursing program are completing shifts at Abrazo West Campus, located at 13677 W McDowell Rd in Goodyear. These students are learning the vaccination procedures, documentation, preparation, and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to administering the vaccine, students are also learning about the system-wide processes.
GateWay Community College
Students in blocks two, three and four of the MaricopaNursing program and Practical Nursing students are partnering with the Carl T. Hayden Veteran's Administration Medical Center, located at 650 E Indian School Rd in Phoenix. Students are participating in vaccine clinics as well as assisting the regular nursing floors by completing nurse assistant duties and supporting the nursing staff as needed. Students in blocks one and two of the MaricopaNursing program are also participating in employee health and working as screeners at Valleywise Health Medical Center, located at 2601 E Roosevelt St in Phoenix.
Glendale Community College
Nursing students are being sent to state-run vaccination sites in groups of 10. These students will continue to assist with testing and vaccinations as more sites become available in spring 2021.
Mesa Community College
The MaricopaNursing program is continuing to secure vaccination opportunities for students this semester.
Paradise Valley Community College
Since January 29, MaricopaNursing students in block three of the program have been helping with the vaccination process at Abrazo West Campus, located at 13677 W McDowell Rd in Goodyear. Students are learning the vaccination procedures, documentation, and preparation, in addition to administering the vaccine and learning about the system-wide processes.
Students in blocks one through four of the MaricopaNursing program are working 10-hour shifts at vaccination PODs and contributing to all phases from intake to administration, under oversight of faculty. This is in addition to continued discussions with community and clinical agencies on placement in COVID-19 testing sites, clinics, and other contracted sites as applicable.
Scottsdale Community College
The MaricopaNursing program is securing adjunct and student volunteers to participate at vaccination PODs.
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About the Maricopa Community Colleges
The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving approximately 100,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.