NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Ebola concern is providing "real life" lessons for student nurses at Stephen F. Austin State University. They are listening to developments with a "personal" interest in mind.
The Ebola crisis could make them more diligent health care providers.
"We get to have some good debates on maybe things that were done correctly and maybe things that were done incorrectly," said Dr. Erin Bailey, a registered nurse and the SFA's School of Nursing. "How to keep up with current events and how policies and procedures need to be constantly changing."
It's a valuable lesson when learning about infection control.
"I think this is almost like a wake-up call for every hospital across the nation to go back to the basics and make sure they're doing every step, not skipping anything," said Morgan Wigington, a second-semester SFA nursing student.
Ebola is scaring a lot of people, but it's not intimidating ambitious nursing students.
"We have many diseases that are like that," said Emily Frizzell, a second-semester SFA nursing student "It's standard precautions that we put the patient under. If that scared us, then we wouldn't be in this profession at all. It's what we do."
H1N1 and tuberculosis threats didn't scare off Bailey. She thinks the events made her a better health professional.
"It did. It made me more cognizant of the ways I needed to protect myself and the patients and their families and other people in the community when I would be exposed to these," Bailey said. And, also, the fact I would be exposed to these. It was not going to be something as a nurse that I would be able to avoid."
The reality check sends out this reminder to nursing students.
"Do your best to save yourself while giving them the best care that you can," said Megan Dement, a second-semester SFA nursing student.
Advanced nursing students do their clinical in Lufkin and Nacogdoches hospitals. They receive the same infection control updates that veteran staff members are given.