To push back the boundaries of her comfort zone and earn additional career experience, Hannah Holladay served as a health care volunteer in Costa Rica this summer.
The senior nursing student from Roanoke is now back at the Waldron College of Health and Human Services' School of Nursing at Radford University taking three classes and handling three clinicals. For almost three weeks, she and two other volunteers – a pre-med student from Indiana and a medical student from Spain - took over the wound care room in a countryside nursing home and freed up the facility's four nurses for more pressing duties.
"The skills I learned in nursing school were essential. Radford has taught me well...to take initiative and jump into situations with full confidence," said Holladay. "My training came in handy. My knowledge of patient care, turning and dressing changes was very helpful in getting the work done."
Holladay was one of 11 Scholar-Citizen Highlander in Action award recipients for 2013. The award is granted to support RU students' pursuit of transformative learning experiences such as study abroad experiences, international internships, domestic internships and community-based learning or scholarship.
With the itch to do something different with her summer, Holladay sought out the range of opportunities open to her and signed up with International Volunteer Headquarters, a provider of volunteering programs in developing countries.