Prof. Vickie Southall, a veteran community health and pediatric nurse, was celebrated with the "Excellence in Public Service" Award for 2019, thanks to nominations from the Louisa County Public Schools, the Louisa County Resource Council, the Thomas Jefferson Health District, and several current adoring nursing students.
Southall, a lifelong resident of Louisa County, Va., has dedicated her 40-year nursing career to finding meaningful ways to volunteer through culturally competent outreach, and each semester since the 1980s has allowed students to tap her many connections through a wide range of rich hands-on experiences.
Whether it's hosting blood pressure and glucose screenings at the local Shopper's Value, tending firefighters' vital signs after a mock emergency drill, teaching elementary schoolers about hand washing and dog safety and middle and high schoolers the Heimlich and CPR...
... or offering practical information about menopause, diabetes, and stroke to African-American church-goers, wearing moulage to play convincing "victims" so emergency responders may better learn and practice their craft, offering cooking advice to food bank recipients picking up oddball ingredients, or developing a dental voucher program for resource-poor residents, Vickie's students learn by doing, connecting with people where they are and in ways that really truly help.
Proud to be the academic home of this veteran nurse whose passion ignites our purpose. Congratulations, Vickie!