Infectious Disease Emergencies
Authors: Francesca Everett, Lorraine Gowan, & Brian Hall
Faculty Supervisor: Nicole Masano, MSN, RN, CNM, CNE
As nursing students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) community service-learning course, the group was asked to participate in the Glynn County School Systems Big Read Program. The Big Read Program allows for community-wide participation in the arts and literature. The novel, Station 11, depicts the life of a woman living in a post-pandemic world and her memories of a time before. Through this, the group identified important health issues in the community related to epidemics and pandemics. By reading Station Eleven, the group was able to apply personal experiences with healthcare into the reality of a potential pandemic situation in Brunswick, Georgia. Knowledge gained through the BSN nursing program at the College of Coastal Georgia and research on local protocols allowed the opportunity to educate the community and fill gaps in understanding of ways to prevent and protect themselves, and what to expect from the local hospital and first responders in the case of an infectious disease outbreak. By completing this project, the group hoped to address the service-learning Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 3.1 and to identify opportunities for improvement.