NFC Connections Spring 2021 - Page 22

Dane Boles - RN Student
Catlin Deeson - RN Student
beginning of the pandemic seeing residents told that their loved ones couldn ’ t visit . Trying to accommodate for all the changes put additional workloads on everyone .” Walton said wearing masks also added some confusion for residents who “ were so used to seeing our smiles .”
But overall , Patricia is optimistic about the future . As someone who finds joy in helping others , she says her family has given her the most strength this past year - “ my family has come through for me financially , mentally and emotionally . They are definitely my biggest support system .”

Dane Boles - RN Student

Dane Boles , a resident of Monticello , decided to enroll in NFC ’ s registered nursing program after an on-the-job injury affected his career in fire rescue and emergency medical services . “ The surgical and recovery process I went through from that injury allowed me to see different aspects of healthcare from a patient ’ s perspective and opened my eyes to the different career paths available in nursing .”
Dane works as an Emergency Department Technician at Capital Regional Medical Center ’ s Gadsden ER , a full-service , freestanding emergency room in Quincy . Having an “ essential job ” during the pandemic this past year has kept him grounded . “ Being able to continue going to work as usual has given me a feeling of ‘ normalcy ’ during a time when many people were forced to adapt to drastic changes . Knowing that I have skills and training that consider me ‘ essential ’ during times of crisis has made me feel proud and confident in my abilities .”
After receiving an RN license , Dane plans to earn Certified Emergency Nursing ( CEN ) credentials . He says NFC ’ s quality training , online resources and
Catlin Deeson
Dane Boles
affordable courses have made balancing work and college manageable - “ I like the smaller class size and the high standards of professionalism that the nursing program expects from its students . NFC ’ s nursing program is affordable , and you can tell that the instructors care about your success . Since I live a significant distance away from the campus , being able to access NFC ’ s library databases online is a huge help to work on school assignments while at home and outside of class .” According to Dane , the use of technology to address the challenges of COVID-19 has been impressive - “ Our facility began using iPads and video chat for registration purposes . It keeps from having additional people that are not providing direct healthcare from unnecessary exposure .” He found most challenging the influx of patients to the ER and the extra time required to maintain COVID protocols . “ For quite some time many patients ’ primary care offices were closed or overwhelmed , leading patients to seek care through the emergency department . Extra PPE [ personal protective equipment ] and cleaning requirements , stricter screening and visitation policies , and changes to protocols due to COVID have all made certain tasks take longer even though they are necessary .”
Dane credits his wife for helping him navigate the stress of this past year . “ My wife has been my rock for many years now , but particularly during 2020 . She has been determined to take on extra tasks around the house so that I can fully focus on my work and studies .”

Catlin Deeson - RN Student

Catlin Deeson , a student in NFC ’ s registered nursing program , has lived in Mayo for over 20 years . Her dream to become a nurse began as a teenager caring for her grandmother , witnessing the humanity of the nurses attending to her care . “ Helping her with small tasks and giving her comfort was rewarding . Watching the nurses sit by her bedside and cry when they knew they could not treat her inspired me to be a nurse .” Years later , neonatal intensive care unit ( NICU ) nurses further fueled Catlin ’ s desire to work in healthcare . “ My son was in the NICU for thirty-five days and watching nurses handle those tiny babies was amazing . Seeing them do IVs in thin , fragile skin without even blinking was fascinating .”
Catlin now works as a CNA at Advent Christian Village ’ s Good Samaritan Center , a 161-bed skilled