'Put me out there': Nursing students eager to help ease healthcare crisis during pandemic

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As health systems continue to face staffing challenges, Triangle nursing students are sharing their willingness to pitch in and provide assistance.
DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- As health systems continue to face staffing challenges , Triangle nursing students are sharing their willingness to pitch in and provide assistance."Put me out there. I just got to get through school first," said Natalie Roman, a senior in NC Central's nursing program.Roman, sitting next to fellow seniors Ashley Sherman and Madison Webb, sat down Tuesday with ABC11 to explain why they wanted to help, especially as hospitals are overwhelmed with an influx of COVID-19 patients."The community definitely needs a lot more education. There's a lot of misconstrued ideas about healthcare, and exactly the prevalence of diseases. So for me the biggest thing was, education for the community, but then we need to do better for the community in (times) like this. For low-income families, it's been very hard for them to stay free of the disease," said Webb."We're fresh. We haven't gone through the burnout yet, so like I said, use us," Roman said. "We're not at that point yet, and let the people who are at burnout, give them their rest. They deserve it."The pandemic has motivated the aspiring health care workers."The pandemic just, it's driven me even more to want to give back," Sherman said. "And this is the perfect time to do it. There's a lot of learning opportunities, sad to say, in the…
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