Nurses-in-training enlisted to help with coronavirus pandemic

Jerusalem College of Technology answers Health Ministry’s call to provide training for 600 nursing students in respiratory care services, as the healthcare system deals with thousands of patients.

Link to full article in Yisrael Hayom

Given the anticipated manpower shortage of hospital staff able to treat those infected with COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus, the Health Ministry has asked nursing schools across Israel to step up and train their students in respiratory care.

Answering the call, some 600 third- and fourth-year nursing students from the Jerusalem College of Technology’s five campuses were trained within a week. Heeding the urgent request of the ministry’s director of nursing, the goal was to train a therapeutic team that can provide treatment to corona patients in need of respiratory support should medical personnel be forced to go into isolation or if there is an extreme influx of patients requiring additional manpower.

In order to prevent more infections within hospitals, the course was conducted online.

“The nursing students at Machon Lev, Mivhar, Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Machon Tal embody the overall spirit of nurses across the country who recognized the challenge of completing training in such a short time frame, but yet, stopped at nothing to help the community at large,” said Dr. Haya Raz, head of the nursing school at JCT.

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