UMaine Nursing Students Graduating Early to Help Fight COVID-19
38 students at the University of Maine are graduating two weeks early so they can help Mainers.
According to WMTW, having these students graduate early will let them get their license early and then help with the pandemic.
The interim director of the School of Nursing, Kelley Strout isn't letting a pandemic win. She told WMTW:
The class of 2020 is a very resilient, dedicated group of graduates, I’m so proud of this class. They are committed to enter the workforce and provide patient care on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They will leave the program with a bachelor of science in nursing degrees. Then they have to pass a national licensing exam, and then they will be registered nurses.
The good news is that 33 of the 38 students will stay and practice in Maine, according to WMTW.
The news station stated that the other five nurses will leave Maine, and two are heading to The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.