Students on the front lines: Nursing majors help with COVID-19 patients and vaccines

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Nursing students across the Wiregrass and the nation have been put to work, helping registered nurses, doctors, and other medical staff battle the deadly coronavirus.

Despite the toll it has taken on many medical professionals, students have seen first hand what they will experience after graduation.

“I think I’ve gained a lot of patience and flexibility because you have to,” Troy Nursing Senior Taylor Brunson said. “That was one of our teacher’s main rules is be flexible, flexible, flexible, and I think that’s a good trait to have as a nurse too because you never know what you’re coming into each day so.”

Although the nursing students do not actually administer the COVID-19 vaccine itself, they help fill out paperwork and help prepare the patient to receive their shot.

These tasks take pressure off of the registered nurses and give extra hands to assist with the large number of patients medical centers are seeing.

However, there is still a fear in the students contracting the virus themselves and how they would react to the disease.

“My biggest concern with it is, you know, going home and giving it to my family or my grandmother or anyone, even my friends at school.,” Troy Nursing Senior Savannah Harless said.

So between the long hours, the fear of the disease, and the heartache they see every day, is it all worth it?

“To make that little difference in even just one person’s life I think was a pretty cool opportunity that not many people say they have done or get to do,” Harless finished.

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