Nursing students help community through Good Samaritan clinic

Students participating in this semester’s rotation are (left-right): (front row) Kayla Gannon and Lexie Ashley, (back row) Professor Angela Martindale, Kiarra Reed, Lauren Vander Hoeven, Madison Cheney, Nicole Lee and Rebekah Johnson.

As a part of their senior year, nursing students at The University of Tulsa’s Oxley College of Health Sciences work weekly at the Good Samaritan Riverside Clinic at 63rd and South Peoria in Tulsa. This senior-level nursing clinical rotation provides students with an understanding of how health and healthcare delivery looks from a community standpoint rather than an acute setting such as a hospital. “Through this senior level community rotation at Good Samaritan, students gain a broad knowledge of preventative health and chronic disease,” said Angela Martindale, MSN, RN, visiting clinical assistant professor.

Good Samaritan Health Services is a health organization whose mobile medical units bring doctors, medicine and laboratories to at-risk individuals. Founded in 1998, Dr. John Crouch formed the organization to provide free medical care to the poor and uninsured in Tulsa. Good Samaritan visits more than 600 patients each month through 54 clinics held at 12 sites across Tulsa.

As a part of their work, TU nursing students operate as a team and first assess the needs of the community. Then, they create and implement a health care plan with interventions and nursing diagnosis. At the end of the semester, the team reports on their findings and results to faculty members and community members. Programs in the past have ranged from teaching healthy meal preparation to educating ways to prevent sexually transmitted disease and unplanned pregnancies.

“TU nursing has pushed me to become better in all aspects of my life. One of the things I love most about the program is how well-rounded it is. Not only do we work in the hospitals, but we get to be involved in the community and really see all that nurses can do while giving back to members of Tulsa’s community. Working at Good Samaritan has been such a wonderful experience. We are helping to make a difference in people’s lives every time we step into the mobile medical care unit. TU School of Nursing has given me experiences I could not have learned in a textbook or classroom. These values will stay with me the rest of my life,” nursing senior Madison Cheney said.

The University of Tulsa School of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a state-of-the-art 50,000-square-foot facility near downtown Tulsa.