History in the Making: Gator Nurses Care, Lead and Inspire Throughout COVID-19

CON prepares students with valuable experiences to treat and prevent COVID-19 and other serious illnesses.

By Rachel Rivera, Kyle Chambers
. UF College of Nursing BSN seniors Emily Smith and Jacob Zoltek on a UF Health Shands ICU.

A new shot

. BSN senior Zoe Sherman administers a COVID-19 vaccine. Through a UF Health collaboration with the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County, College of Nursing students were able to assist in providing COVID-19 vaccinations to mostly Alachua County residents ages 65 and older at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
“COVID-19 cost us a lot of learning opportunities, but I’m thankful the college did its best to make new ones.”
Zoe Sherman (BSN 2021)

Compassionate care

. Clinical Assistant Professor David Derrico, MSN, BSN, CNE, RN, instructs BSN seniors on the COVID-19 unit at UF Health Shands.

Intensive Experiences

. UF College of Nursing Student Emily Smith (BSN 2021) on ICU floor with nurse leader.