According to Vocational Nursing student scheduled in graduate in July, Cindy Voll, “It was an awesome experience. I filled in as a dental assistant and worked with an endodontist, assisting with suctioning and rinsing, and searching for supplies to restock between patients. We only saw five patients, as root canals take an hour plus for each, but the responses from the patients were very heart-warming.”
The Orange County Free Medical and Dental Clinic & Festival serves those in the Orange County community who are in need of medical and dental care but with no means of access to these critical services. Between 200 and 300 patients are treated in these clinics each day and are provided with services including vision, dental, women’s healthcare, medical and physical therapy. Stanbridge students were able to see first hand the need for medical services in their local community.
Ms. Voll continued, “Root canals are expensive, even with insurance, and these people would not have been able to save their teeth if it weren't for this event. At the end of the day, my bottom and back hurt from sitting in metal folding chairs but, spiritually, I felt amazing. This is why I want to be a nurse. I will definitely do this again.”
This is the second Orange County Free Medical Camp that Stanbridge College volunteers have participated in. Stanbridge College partnership with Mariners Outreach is part of the Stanbridge College REACH - Beyond the Classroom™ Service Learning and Civic Engagement initiative. Stanbridge College REACH encourages students and alumni to give back to their local communities using skills in leadership, critical thinking and compassion. In the past, Stanbridge College nursing students have volunteered in several public medical camps in Southern California. Stanbridge College REACH has also partnered with the County of Orange to set up public flu shot clinics.
To learn more about Stanbridge College REACH please visit www.stanbridge.edu.
About Stanbridge College
Based in Irvine, CA, Stanbridge College is a co-educational, technical college with an annual enrollment of over 800 students. Founded in 1996, Stanbridge is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Stanbridge College offers diploma programs and Associate, Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Healthcare and Information Technology.
In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Stanbridge College received an award from Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., as one of America’s Best Technical Colleges. Stanbridge has also been named to the 2009, 2010 and 2011 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. In 2008-2009 Stanbridge College was the recipient of the School of Excellence Award from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and since 2007 it has maintained one of the highest continuous pass rates in California on the NCLEX-PN nursing exam, with a 96% cumulative pass rate. For more information, please visit www.stanbridge.edu or call (949)-794-9090.