Haney Tech Center sees increased interest in nursing program


PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG / WECP) – As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, the demand for healthcare workers has increased dramatically. This demand includes nurses, and local schools have seen more and more people take an interest in nursing careers as the community continues to recover from Hurricane Michael.

Haney Technical Center is one such school.

“This has been a very constant demand for people who want to join,” said Alex Murphy, director of community relations at Haney Technical Center. “You would have thought that maybe people wanted to retire and want to go into these careers because of the concerns, but we didn’t see it. Our application process is always very active and we receive calls on a daily basis.

The increased interest does not mean that the program is without challenges; students have had to adopt a blended learning style in the classroom and online, and classes are small to encourage social distancing. Yet the added difficulties ultimately help students become sharper.

“I think that’s what will ultimately make us better nurses,” said Nursing student Kristin Smith. “We’re going to be a stronger group of nurses who can handle a lot more.”

The next nursing course starts on March 22 and the school will accept applications from February 26 to March 5.

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