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Nicolet nursing students finished clinicals before COVID-19 outbreak, donate supplies to local clinics and hospitalsSubmitted: 03/26/2020
Mazie Vincent
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Nicolet nursing students finished clinicals before COVID-19 outbreak, donate supplies to local clinics and hospitals
RHINELANDER - Healthcare providers around the world are working in overdrive to try and contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the outbreak, Wisconsin's nursing shortage has shifted into the spotlight. So now the states nursing board is looking into emergency measures regarding senior nursing students.

"This will definitely make it more real, so they can address that from a more personal level." Dailey said.

Nicolet College Dean of Health Occupations Candy Dailey says her nursing students are prepared to hit the front lines.


Thanks to an earlier than usual spring term, senior students completed almost all clinicals before the Coronavirus outbreak.

"We are a little further ahead of the other technical college systems in our state so most of our students finished their clinicals," Dailey said.

Dailey says if the Board of Nursing allows more virtual clinical hours soon, 19 of her students will be able to graduate on April 24th.

"We've used virtual simulation in the past and it's a very enriching experience because the instructors can make the patient anything they want the patient to be."

Since all Nicolet's classes have been moved to virtual learning, Dailey jump-started a giveback initiative.

"Very early in the process we inventoried all of our supplies and we reached out to all of our partners in our district," Dailey said.

Nicolet donated gloves, surgical supplies, gowns, masks and much more to Aspirus, Ascension and Marshfield hospitals and clinics in the Northwoods.

"Right now it's more important that we support our partners and our hospitals and clinics with the protective equipment they need because they are on the front lines right now," Dailey said.

Dailey believes people in Northern Wisconsin are doing all they can to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In our little rural area in north eastern Wisconsin we have amazing healthcare facilities and wonderful, knowledgeable and safe healthcare professionals," Dailey said.

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