Nursing students helping fight COVID-19

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FILE – In this May 20, 2020, file photo, Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City. Public health officials have said robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Nursing students are answering the call and joining the frontlines to help fight COVID-19.

Some students putting their own lives at risk before even starting their careers.

As a second year nursing student, Nicole Louis never expected to work in a pandemic before graduating.

She says she works in a local hospital rotating to different units helping nurses and learning from them as they care for COVID-19.

In addition to school, she says putting her own life at risk to work this job has been an eye-opening experience.

“It definitely makes me very nervous entering the workforce right now,” she said.

However, this is nothing in comparison to why she chose this career path.

“For me I think I just have a calling to help people whether that’s going in difficult situations that’s kinda what my calling is in life,” Louis said.

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