Contact: Meredith Amor
Director of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2020
Barry University Nurse Anesthetists Will Graduate Early to Help Fight Global Pandemic
(MIAMI, FL) In the face of growing cries nationwide for more medical personnel on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, Barry University today announced that students in its Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiology Program will graduate early, on April 25.
These critical health care professionals work in operating rooms and intensive care units, with skills to provide emergency intubations, manage ventilators, and stabilize COVID-19 patients in respiratory distress.
“Days matter in this fight, and at Barry University we are doing everything we can to get qualified, well-educated professionals with urgently needed specialty skills into health care settings without delay,” said Dr. John McFadden, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Barry had previously announced early degree conferral for Cardiovascular Perfusion students, who will graduate on April 11.
The University has been reviewing all nursing and health sciences programs to identify those with the potential to meet the greatest need and facilitating early graduations where possible. In order to expedite graduation, a program must meet or exceed all licensure and accreditation requirements.
The Barry students are eager to help where they are needed most. “Right now, as Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists we are sitting with our hands tied and having the ability to graduate early during this pandemic is essential,’” said student Kathleen Green. “We see every day how the numbers are increasing,” Green continued, “timing is everything, the more we wait, the more it affects the numbers.”
“I got into this career for a reason, to help others,” Green added. I’m definitely eager and excited to get out there and be on the frontlines.” Another graduate, Stephanie Brown echoed her sentiment. “We have a duty, when you’re a nurse, you take on a duty.”