When UF Health, working with The Villages Health and state health and emergency management officials, began an ambitious program of testing for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in The Villages®, faculty and staff at the college were quick to offer to help.
“Volunteering has allowed me to demonstrate to students how medicine and nursing can work side-by-side as professionals,’’ said Lisa L. Ferguson, D.N.P., M.S.N., B.S.N., a clinical assistant professor. “I hope that they take that experience with them into their professional practices and help eliminate potential practice barriers currently facing nurse practitioners in our nation.”
Anna Fabry, a B.S.N. senior, was among those eager to help.
“Since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, many students, including myself, have felt somewhat helpless and as though much of our future is out of our control,” she said. “By going to The Villages®, I feel that I am not only able to put my education to use, but that I am making a difference by being a part of something bigger. It is exciting to be gaining this unique experience that I will carry with me the rest of my life.”