BOISE, Idaho — Primary Health Medical Group has hired 15 Student Registered Nurses to expand COVID-19 vaccination services in the Treasure Valley. According to a news release, Primary health is now vaccinating staff from other health groups, giving 160 vaccines per day.
The Student RNs will help expand vaccine services without pulling resources from urgent care, COVID-19 care or family medicine services.
“I met with the Student RNs this morning and the energy in the room was incredible,” said David Peterman, M.D., Primary Health CEO. “They are excited to start working and make a difference when it comes to COVID in the Treasure Valley. We are so thankful for Dr. Jayne Josephsen and the School of Nursing at Boise State University for helping us arrange this, and think this partnership is another great example of how health care organizations can come together to serve our community.”
Each Student RN completed their injection training as part of their regular education. They are receiving the same comprehensive training given to all Primary Health staff.
“As nursing students, we have a huge knowledge base, but there’s not a whole lot we can do with it yet. It feels awesome to be able to give COVID-19 vaccine," said Shayla Worcester, Student RN. "I feel like I can actually use my knowledge to make a difference, and I’m excited to get the experience of caring for patients in a clinical setting. Clinical opportunities have really been limited due to the pandemic.”
Primary Health is offering vaccines following the CDC's priority tiers, the State of Idaho and the health districts.