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Jason Applegate ’19 BSN, RN

Male nurse with glasses and a mask over his face.

Staff nurse, Emergency Department
Jefferson Stratford Hospital, Stratford, New Jersey

April 18, 2020

Hi Nova Nation! I am currently working in the Emergency Department at Jefferson Hospital in Stratford, New Jersey. When I graduated in May of 2019, I would have never imagined being engulfed in a pandemic within the first year of my career. I am grateful for the opportunity to make an immediate impact to those in need in such an uncertain time. 

I am currently seeing and helping to treat all types of patients, ranging from abdominal pain to presumptive COVID-19 cases. In addition to this, I am also involved in other functions of the Emergency Department, such as rapid sequence intubations and megacodes. It is interesting to learn and adapt to the daily changes of PPE and treatment modalities that the COVID-19 outbreak brings along with itself. 

Throughout my undergraduate studies at Villanova, I was prepared and molded to respond in a world of constant change. We were built on the fundamentals of safety, knowledge, and teamwork. I was also fortunate enough to compete on the Villanova Baseball team as well, where these same values were instilled on a daily basis. I feel as if I am now the complete Villanova nurse.

I am thankful for the opportunity to be a Villanova nurse in a time of such uncertainty. I am confident in my abilities due to my past four years of studies.  


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