Jacqueline Flowers graduated with 4.0 GPA from the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the WSU College of Nursing in Vancouver. Not long ago she was weighing competing job offers to work as a nurse practitioner at health clinics in rural Washington.
Then the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, blowing a hole in budgets throughout the health care system.
Suddenly her first-choice employer withdrew a job offer amid a hiring freeze. Flowers mulled whether she should wait to see whether the freeze lifted, but in the end accepted a job in a different rural community.
Disruption, however, is not the first thing on Flowers’ mind as she considers the impact of the pandemic on her plans and on health care.
She talks about creativity and flexibility in how Washington State … » More …