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Nursing Alum Making an Impact on COVID-19 Frontlines

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by Bethel University

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October 9, 2020 - Healthcare providers across the country are continuing to work tirelessly to care for patients with COVID-19, in addition to other illnesses and injuries. Among those on the front lines is 2019 Bethel University School of Nursing alumnus, Tyler Patterson.

Patterson serves the community as a Critical Care Float Nurse at Tristar Horizon Medical Center in Dickson, Tenn.

“Being a nurse in COVID-19 has been challenging, exhausting and even daunting at times,” Patterson said. “This pandemic has shed much light on the importance of a nurses’ role in the healthcare field and the need for us to continually learn and adapt to new situations to reach better outcomes for our patients.”

Nurses’ skilled service, expertise and remarkable dedication are vital in the care and treatment of patients. At times, nursing can be physically, emotionally and mentally challenging but rewarding at the same time.

“As a critical care float nurse, you get to help patients often at one of the most vulnerable points in their lifetime,” Patterson explained. “The biggest reward of the career is the impact we make on patients and their families every day.”

Bethel Nursing Program graduates are distinguished for their compassionate, academic, clinical and professional commitment. Patterson described the program as preparation to perform his job duties effectively.

He added, “The Bethel Nursing Program improved my critical thinking skills to a level that gave me an advantage over other new nurses in my residency program. The level of expertise the professors give is beneficial to help us students make it in our nursing careers.”

The mission of the Bethel University School of Nursing is to provide students with the opportunities, education, experiences, environment, mentoring and leadership necessary for them to develop to their highest potential as professional nurses.

For more information about Bethel University School of Nursing, click here.