HCC nursing students Meaghan Butterfield, Carrie Myers, Nehanda Smith, and Leslie Weinreich accompanied Professor of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Madelyn Danner to participate in a Remote Area Medical experience in Warsaw, Virginia in early November. The clinic provided free dental, vision, and medical care to the uninsured and underinsured in the area. Our students served patients in the medical clinic and the triage intake areas, caring for people of all ages. Sometimes it was children who needed care; at other times, they had to wait with the parent who was seeking care.

The number of people seen is based on the number of volunteers at the clinic that day, so not everyone can be seen who requests care. During their conversations with patients in these areas, students heard many stories of people who were in need of care because of job loss, jobs that did not offer benefits, or loss of the spouse who held the benefits for the family. Our students were stunned at the number of people lining the hallways and packing the gymnasium waiting for care. They found it hard to comprehend that people were waiting in the parking lot since the night before the clinic opened in hopes of receiving care.

One student in particular was touched by a patient who had driven from several hours away and had slept in her car all weekend with her brother, sister, and mother, hoping to receive medical care. Students were also affected by the outlook of the people with whom they interacted, their gratitude and their positive perspective despite their circumstances.

All of the students at this clinic, and those who have accompanied Professor Danner to previous RAM clinics in the past, agree that this service was a valuable learning experience, opening their eyes to needs they had not previously known existed.

  • Homepage Photo: Meaghan Butterfield
  • Photo 1: Carrie Myers (left rear) and Nehanda Smith (right foreground)
  • Photo 2: Leslie Weinreich
  • Photo 3: Leslie Weinreich, Meaghan Butterfield, Nehanda Smith (left to right) are pictured with Nurse Practitioner volunteer at RAM (seated in front)

All of the students who participated are members of the December 17, 2017 graduating class of HCC’s nursing program.