School of Nursing Student Goes to COVID-19 Epicenter

School of Nursing Student Goes to COVID-19 Epicenter

First-year Doctor of Nursing Practice student Elena Johns went to New York City, the current epicenter of the American COVID-19 outbreak, to help other medical professionals provide help to those who are seriously ill in an overwhelmed health care system. 

Elena earned her BSN in her home state of Louisiana. She worked as an ICU nurse before deciding to return to school here at USD and earn her DNP with a concentration in palliative and end-of-life care. Elena said she chose to go to New York to help patients who are unable to be with their families because of COVID-19 and who will not recover from the virus to be with them in their final moments so they are not alone. Elena has a four-week commitment at the New York Hospital.  She said once she completes that she may consider returning to Louisiana to help there for a couple of weeks if the outbreak in that state is as severe as it is now.  Dean Jane M. Georges, the faculty, and the staff of the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science proudly support Elena and the courage she shows by her willingness to step in where she is so badly needed.   

begin quoteHaving patients die alone has unfortunately been a part of my ICU experience and so. . . if I'm the only one that can be there in the room with them. Then I absolutely will.
Elena Johns, DNP StudentElena Johns, DNP Student

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