Nursing students at Maysville Community and Technical Colleges (MCTC) Rowan Campus stay very busy. In between testing, labs, clinical rotations, jobs, and family responsibilities, most of these students have very little time for much else. One recent graduate, however, managed to commit some extra time and energy to serving others as a student.
Shelia Fawns has been volunteering most of her life. Whether getting involved in outreach projects through her church or helping out at her childrens schools, this Flemingsburg native has made it her life mission to never sit back if some else is in need.
I have had lots of opportunities to serve families, says Sheila. I have also always had a special passion to work with people who have special needs.
As a nursing student, Sheila was required to complete community service hours for every nursing course in which she was enrolled each semester. Like many other MCTC students who work, Sheila juggled this obligation while employed as a nursing assistant at St. Claire Regional Medical Center.
When Sheilas husband lost his job and insurance benefits, a coworker told her about the Peoples Clinic in Morehead. After learning more about the services offered at the clinic, Sheila decided to find out how she could help further its mission in eastern Kentucky. As a certified nursing assistant she was able to become a medical volunteer taking vital signs as well as assisting with dental and diabetes clinics. Sheila also helped organize and create an inventory of all medications in their pharmacy.
In Sheilas own words, Volunteering with the Peoples Clinic has helped me understand the diverse population here in eastern Kentucky. There is a great need in this area and a lot of people without health insurance. I enjoy being able to serve in my community. Sheila also credits her service at the clinic with broadening her view of the healthcare field. Having worked in a hospital, Sheila was able to see how a clinic operates a little differently.
According to Peoples Clinic Director of Communication and Development Sarah Jane Howard, Sheila has been an outstanding student. She displays an ability to learn rapidly and adapt quickly to changing situations. What I like most about Sheila is that she displays a highly motivated inner drive and is also curious to improve her learning as a nurse.
Sheila steers the praise away from herself. I give God all of the glory for what He has allowed me to do in serving Him as well as serving others.Each year, the Peoples Clinic continues to advance its mission of providing medical and dental care to the uninsured of Eastern Kentucky, says Sarah Jane. Through our medical, dental and diabetic clinic, and the Lasting Changes Program, we have seen the health of many improve. Over 2,000 patients have been treated with several follow up visits at the clinic during our more than five years of operation. This would not be possible without donations from community members and all the volunteers.