Uptick in nursing program applications

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – There’s an upward national trend of applications for nursing programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s a welcome one for schools in Northeast PA.

Admissions offices are seeing more people looking to get into the nursing field. Kishan Zuber, VP of Enrollment Management and Marketing says it’s skyrocketing admissions and class capacity at Wilkes University for all the right reasons.

“Students are really inspired by this pandemic, in some ways, by this pandemic–what they’re seeing and health care providers are able to do and offer.”

Passan school of nursing students like Rebecca Evans didn’t know what the novel coronavirus was when she applied, but looks forward to getting on the front lines fulltime.

“Once I started it, I fell in love with it. I can not see myself doing anything else.”

Others like Blaise Cleveland started with another major and are taking the fast track to the title of ‘R.N.’

“I want people to go out and realize nursing isn’t just some of the paths. There are thousands of fields you can get into.”

North on it was one of the keystone state’s top-ranked nursing programs here at the University of Scranton, Dr. Kim Subasic, Nursing Department Chair, says they already get a large number of applications with a competitive program.”

“Covid has certainly helped the need is there, see nurses on the news all the time so I’m glad word is out, please join our profession.”

Many of the nursing students from various schools in the area have been able to see practical applications amid the pandemic. Some even volunteering to administer covid-19 vaccines.

“Such a difficult time right now and I feel like we’re working through it, we’re all learning. And no one better to be with then the nurses and professors from the university to get us through it, you know.” says Totsky.

Many involved with these programs say there is a special volunteerism and passion that, especially in the day and age we live in, will make a special breed of nurses down the road.

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