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Queen’s nursing graduate wastes zero time putting her degree to work

2020 graduate Jordan Bast finished her schooling in April and immediately took a contract at a group home in the Toronto area experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
May 17, 2020
Photo: Queen's University alumni website

She never got to celebrate her graduation, and hasn’t even passed her RN certification exam yet, but Jordan Bast says the reality of the COVID-19 outbreak drove her to get involved as quickly as she could on the front lines of the fight against the virus. Bast completed her nursing degree at Queen’s in April and has a job waiting for her at Toronto’s Sick Kids hospital starting in August. But when she she heard about a group home in the GTA that needed help dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19, she didn’t hesitate.

The short-term contract involved long shifts, sometimes up to 16 hours, and living in a hotel near her workplace so she would not put family members at risk while working closely with infected patients. Bast says she was fortunate to have adequate personal protective equipment during her time working at the group home and that using her nursing skills to help others has allowed her to cope better with the pandemic.

Source: Queen’s University

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