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Blog Post

By: Jersey College // May 01, 2020

Our NurseLife Heroes in Action - Grad Claudette H.








Claudette H. graduated from both the PN and RN programs at Jersey College’s School of Nursing in Tampa. She is now working as an ER nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital, but when she is not at work, she is home making masks to help her community.

"We can all be part of the solution. While not at the hospital, I sew to help people stay safe. While I was not at work, I made masks for my colleagues at the Emergency Room!" - Claudette H.








 Claudette shared this photo of her team wearing the masks she made saying, “When I delivered masks to my ER family, I was so happy to see them. They are all heroes and I’m proud to be part of this team and I’ll be back soon to do my part! Stay strong!”






Although you cannot tell by her enthusiastic spirit, Claudette recently went through some unforeseen health challenges that required emergency surgery. However, nothing would keep her away from helping her nursing team and community during this time.





Flashback to early February of 2020, Claudette shared, “So here we are - the nurse became the patient! I did not have this planned, but can’t avoid it. I am in pre-surgery mode and my ER family took me in, and got me all ready, and now I’m in my room with the kids! I will keep you all updated!”









After weeks of recovery in a neck brace, Claudette was eager to get back in “her blues” and in the hospital to join her team in the Emergency room on the frontline fight against COVID-19.

Her optimistic outlook shines bright into the community. While Claudette was recovering she began sewing masks for her fellow nurses and others that needed them. She listened to the feedback about issues they were having with masks hurting their ears after long hours of wear and searched for materials that could be a possible solution. Her dedication to caring for those around her on and off the clock is a testament to what the “NurseLife” is all about.





Claudette shared, “I decided to start making masks because I wanted to be part of the solution. I was out for a neck surgery and needed to help in some way, so I sat and thought “nursing is not only patient care, and passing meds, nursing is seeing a health care need in our community and taking a step to help in any way you can!” That day I took my sewing machine out, bought some fabric, watched about 50 YouTube videos and set off to cover as many of my colleagues as I could. I have donated to this day over 100 masks and I am not stopping. I’m back to work now in the ER and on my days off I sew scrub caps and masks. Even though they are donated, people approach me every day making donations to buy more fabric and other materials needed. I have taught others how to make them because the more people that chip in the safer we all are! We are all in this together; donate your gift, whichever it is, to solve the problem.”







Maggie Jeffers, Jersey College’s Tampa Campus Administrator shared that, “Claudette has always been the type of person to go above and beyond and often put her artistic abilities to work! I knew she would make a wonderful nurse, and it is no surprise to me to see her making such an impact. She was very involved with student activities during nursing school and always found a way to help others. We are so proud to see our grads and nursing students making a difference in our community, especially during these challenging times.”
























Thank you, Claudette! ❤️ We are SO PROUD of each and every one of our grads and students! You are all heroes in our eyes!