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Widener Community Nursing Clinic
Chester is a socioeconomically disadvantaged community where there is a great need to serve the population. The School of Nursing found a way to get involved by starting the Widener Community Nursing Clinic, which opened in partnership with Cityteam in the fall of 2011.
Widener and Cityteam Partnership
Under the leadership of Ellen Boyda, the School of Nursing built up a partnership with Cityteam, which is where the clinic is located.
Our partnership provides a sustainable, community relationship that allows us to better serve the city of Chester while also educating and preparing our nursing students.
Pro Bono Services
Currently open Monday and Thursday from 4:00–6:30 p.m., the clinic provides physical assessments, episodic and chronic medical care, and referrals to support groups, along with essential education programs.
Services are offered pro bono by volunteer nurse practitioners and registered nurses. Most of these volunteers are nursing alumni, faculty, and students.
Promoting Health Education in the Community
Providing this opportunity for students was one of the main reasons for organizing the clinic. “It’s one thing to read it in a book, but being able to actually visualize patient care is even more helpful,” said Lauren Schmucki, ’12. “It’s a great one-on-one learning experience; we get to assist the nurse practitioners with patients, which allows us to enhance our critical skills to get us thinking like real nurses. It’s also an experience we don’t typically see in our clinical rotations.”
Ellen DeLuca, ’05, ’10, a nurse practitioner working for Walgreens, agreed that it is a wonderful opportunity to interact with the students. “It’s a great opportunity to not only give back to Widener, but also to the community of Chester.” Shelly Simmons, ’80, ’06, a nurse at the Widener Partnership Charter School, also enjoys volunteering. “Our goal at the clinic is to promote health education in the community. I hope other alumni see this as a great opportunity to give back and feel connected to the university.”
Serving the City of Chester
Clinic personnel, all volunteer, see patients consisting of both Cityteam residents and residents of the greater Chester community. With the continued support of the School of Nursing and Cityteam, the clinic will continue to positively affect the community, providing it with necessary services.
For information on giving to Widener, visit the Development Office page and consider designating a gift to support the clinic.