George Washington University School of Nursing student Tyler Wood said it was a desire to continue serving others that pushed him to pursue a career in nursing after completing his service as a combat medic in the United States Navy.
Mr. Wood was working a job in sales when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March. He heard about a group of former medics and military personnel who were providing care at a Manhattan hospital, and at the urging of a friend, volunteered his time to join them for a month in the spring. With a background in disaster medicine, Mr. Wood said he feels “comfortable in the chaos.”
“That experience really put me over the edge in wanting to jump back into the medical field and, ultimately, nursing,” he said.