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      Community Nursing Clinic Celebrates Five Years

      Emilyanne Gear, ‘18

      Emilyanne Gear, a junior nursing student, talks about her experiences volunteering in the Widener Community Nursing Clinic during the clinic’s five-year anniversary celebration.

      The Widener Community Nursing Clinic, led by the Widener University School of Nursing and housed at Cityteam, recently celebrated five years of providing health-related services to underinsured and uninsured individuals. The clinic first opened its doors to Cityteam residents in 2011, then to the Chester community in January 2012.

      A celebration was held Jan. 30 and included brief remarks from Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, Widener University and Cityteam administrators, Widener nursing student volunteer Emilyanne Gear and a longtime patient of the clinic, who credited the clinic with saving his life after a diabetes diagnosis.

      “Over the past five years the partnership between the Widener Community Nursing Clinic and Cityteam has provided a sustainable, community relationship allowing us to better serve the city of Chester, while also educating and preparing our nursing students,” said Ellen Boyda, clinic director.

      The chance to provide care for the uninsured is one of the reasons Gear, a junior, started volunteering at the clinic. “I had a family friend who died of breast cancer, and she didn’t have health insurance,” Gear said. “I learned a lot watching her go through that experience. The clinic provides me with an opportunity to give back, while not only learning technical skills, like taking vitals, but also the human aspect of how to care for patients.”

      In 2016, the Widener Community Nursing Clinic served 526 patients, 400 of whom were new to the clinic. Since its opening, volunteer nursing students, registered nurses and nurse practitioners have worked together to log more than 3,000 patient visits with the ultimate goal to help Chester residents diagnose and treat health issues as well as focus on preventative health measures.


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