Blood drive provides learning opportunity

PIQUA — The Upper Valley Career Center Practical Nursing students helped facilitate a campus-wide fall blood drive with the Community Blood Center on Thursday, Oct. 26.

Nursing Director Lori Ludwig reported that the drive drew 103 total donors, which includes 52 first-time donors.

“This was a great experience for the Practical Nursing Program and PN students. Participating in the blood drive provided the students practice beyond our typical clinical settings,” Ludwig said.

Typically the Upper Valley Career Center High School Medical Academy students facilitate a fall and spring blood drive. Sharing responsibility for the drive expands the benefits of the clinical day with their Adult Division counterparts and according to Ludwig, “allows nursing students to polish their communication and patient assessment skills.”

Dozens of high school donors were escorted the few steps from the main building to the Health Science Center right next door. The overall goal for the day was surpassed by five donations.

“This was an awesome, shared community-service effort,” Ludwig said.