North Florida College nursing students enter the field amid a pandemic

Posted at 11:17 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 23:17:32-04

MADISON, Fla. (WTXL) — Nurses are in high demand right now.

Jaylene Eddy and Hannah Baron are both nursing students at North Florida College in Madison.

"I’m excited," Eddy said.

"We’re ready to get out there," said Baron.

They’re both set to graduate next month and enter a healthcare field strained by coronavirus right now.

"I’m nervous," said Eddy, "because I don’t want to spread the virus, or anything else to anyone."

Eddy plans on becoming an ICU nurse.

Governor Ron DeSantis says the situation in Florida is looking good, for now, in the state’s hospitals.

"I think in terms of maxing capacity," DeSantis said in a press conference, "we’ve not seen that here."

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t jobs to fill.

Eddy says the students’ practicum, or final step in the hospital as a student, was cut short because of the virus out of an abundance of caution.

But that’s not stopping them.

Baron plans on a career in family care, which makes sense. Nursing runs in her family!

"My mom’s been a nurse for over 20 years," said Baron.

The World Economic Forum reports six million nurses are needed around the world to make Earth a healthier place.

And these two will be playing a small but important role in Georgia and Florida come graduation.

"Keeping praying for us," said Baron. "Keep giving us pats on the back. Keep making those masks."

"We can all come together," Eddy said. "We can fight this. We will prevail."

Eddy says she’s landed a job in south Georgia, and Baron says she'll be working in Florida.

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