Western Carolina University: WCU nursing students pivot to doing phone-checks on local seniors

Western Carolina University nursing students have a long-standing tradition of helping area seniors. With coronavirus, they can’t do that in person. But, they’ve found another way to stay in touch.

With coronavirus putting restrictions on face-to face-contact, Western Carolina nurses in a primary care residency and Fellows program are helping low-income seniors, especially, by phone.

The building that houses WCU’s nursing program may be empty, but the people who make up the school are full of ideas to continue their care.

“We haven’t slowed down a bit. We just pivoted and went virtual,” said Kae Livsey, director of Community Relations and Scholarship for WCU’s School of Nursing and director for the RN’s in Primary Care Program.

Read the full article here: https://wlos.com/news/local/wcu-nursing-students-pivot-to-phone-checking-local-seniors

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