Joan Ecklund is celebrating 30 years at Wesleyan this October. (Photo by Will Barr ’18)
In this issue of News @ Wesleyan, we speak to Joan Ecklund, registered nurse and nursing coordinator in Health Services.
Q: Joan, how long have you worked in Wesleyan’s Health Services? How has your role here changed over the years?
A: I am celebrating 30 years at Wesleyan this month. I started out in a temporary position and slowly started to work more hours through the years. I am currently the Nursing Clinical Coordinator in Health Services. I work to keep the daily operations flowing smoothly as well as working with students to assist with their health care needs.
Q: Did you work as a registered nurse in other settings prior to coming to Wesleyan, and if so, where?
A: Before coming to Wesleyan I worked at the Coast Guard Academy Infirmary. I have also worked in several hospitals. I also currently work at Yale New Haven Hospital on the orthopedic/trauma unit during long Wesleyan semester breaks.
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The Davison Health Center has seven doses of flu vaccine available for faculty and staff. If you need a flu shot, call 860-685-2470 and make an appointment.
The Davison Health Center and Department of Human Resources sponsored the annual Flu Clinic for students, faculty, staff and their dependents Nov. 1-4 in the Usdan University Center.
Joyce Walter, director of the Davison Health Center, assists Shelby Arnold '12 and Doug Allen, assistant to the facilities manager in the Chemistry Department, with their immunization administration and consent form. The forms were required to receive the vaccine.
Registered Nurse Debbie Tyndale applies a bandage to Abraham Verdoes '09 after giving him the flu vaccine. Wesleyan students were charged $37 for their shot.
Licensed Practical Nurse Ida Blumberg inoculates Abigail Hornstein, assistant professor of economics. The vaccine was free to all Wesleyan employees eligible for the CIGNA health plan.
Steven Le '12 receives his shot from Blumberg. Le was one of more than 500 Wesleyan affiliates to receive the flu vaccine this year. The MidState VNA & Hospice provided the clinical services and the Student Health Advisory Committee assisted with clerical duties. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)
Dr. Davis Smith
Dr. Davis Smith, medical director at Health Services, received the 2008 President’s Award from the New England College Health Association. The award recognizes the contributions to college health by an individual working in the field from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont.
According to the award requirements, Smith was selected because he has made significant contributions to the students he serves, as well as his institution, community and the field of college health. Smith was also recognized as being a creative, innovative, dedicated leader and mentor known for his sharing and caring.