Earlier this month, pharmacy students from the University of Georgia volunteered at Camp Blue Skies in Rutledge, where they gained real-world experience in working with adults with developmental disabilities.
“Change of care is a vital practice the students are learning in this environment,” said Trina von Waldner, senior public service associate at the UGA College of Pharmacy. “We love working with this population and seeing how everyone takes care of each other.”
The UGA students worked with licensed Georgia nurses and nursing students from West Georgia Technical College. By volunteering with Camp Blue Skies, the students familiarize themselves with dosages and medications and maintaining camp participants’ administration records. Students gain skills that help them in their postgraduate career, such as how to administer the proper dosage and how to eliminate critical errors.
“I am interested in the personal aspect of pharmacy and enjoy working with people.” said Dillon Frazier, a first-year pharmacy student from Moultrie. “I really enjoy the camp experience and look forward to returning next year.”
Camp Blue Skies provides five-day, four-night sessions for adults with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome and mild to moderate autism. Campers can challenge themselves in a safe environment to enhance their interests and abilities while developing their social skills.
For more information, go online to www.campblueskies.org.