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Galen College of Nursing students have a unique learning opportunity while helping in the fight against COVID-19

As part of a joint effort with Louisville Metro Council, Galen College of Nursing students will be administering COVID-19 tests with Pearl Medical Care Center at free drive-thru testing services.

Galen faculty and students first got trained to administer COVID-19 tests when the students went back to their clinical training and the different locations required everyone to be tested. Galen reached out to Pearl Medical to help, and after testing the Galen students, Pearl then trained the students to administer tests, as well.

“Galen is proud to help in the efforts to keep our community safe and healthy, while providing a unique opportunity for our students to learn and grow,” said Audria Denker, DNP, RN, Galen College of Nursing’s Executive Vice President of Nursing. “The crisis has shone a light on the demand for nurses and the critical role they play as the backbone of healthcare. The valuable skills our students have learned and continue to learn, for their future roles in the prevention, response, and management of disease, is imperative to quality care across the country.”

For the testing, Pearl Medical provides the technology, the tests, and the supplies, while Galen College provides the people to administer the tests and collect the specimens. Pearl then runs the tests for the results.

Testing will be available:

  • From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at St. Stephen Church, 1018 S. 15th St., hosted by Metro Councilman David James
  • From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Waggener High School, 330 South Hubbards Lane, hosted by Metro Councilwoman Paula McCraney
  • Additional testing services are being planned for future dates and other locations

People are asked to wear a mask and bring a photo ID with them. People with insurance are asked to bring an insurance card. CARES Act funding is available for those who do not have health insurance.

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