Recent Liberty University grad, ICU nurse encourages students to join nursing profession

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Nursing schools around the nation have been seeing an uptick in students looking to join the profession, which many people describe as one of the hardest but most rewarding careers.

WFXR News spoke with an ICU nurse, Paige Andrews, who started her career at Lynchburg General Hospital two years ago after graduating from Liberty University.

Andrews says the hospital has seen more patients than ever before, including those with more severe illnesses.

However, unlike some other professions, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of nursing students going into the healthcare field.

“They see the need in their own communities. A lot of them, I’ve even talked to nursing students who have family members that have been sick from the pandemic,” said Andrews. “It’s just become widely publicized where nurses were all of a sudden on the front page news about the work that they do and how important it is.”

According to Andrews, it’s not easy being an ICU nurse nowadays, but she doesn’t regret it. In fact, she still encourages people to go into the field.

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