Taylor Kwiatkowski, UNF public health student, has been working on the frontlines with local healthcare provider Ascension St. Vincent’s Jacksonville as a member of the COVID-19 pandemic response team.
“It felt only natural to step up and volunteer to work in whatever capacity I was able to,” Kwiatkowski said. “As a public health student and professional, I could not sit on the sidelines when people like myself were needed.”
Kwiatkowski started working with screening teams in March and also assisted at the hospital’s drive-thru testing site, one of the first drive-thru sites to be established in Florida.
She feels well prepared to handle the tasks that come along with working on the frontlines during the pandemic. Kwiatkowski credits her excellent courses and professors at UNF with preparing her for what she is now facing.
“My education has given me a deeper understanding of the disease process and how to assess what is going on,” said Kwiatkowski, stating that many associates and managers seek her opinion on actions being taken related to COVID-19.
As Kwiatkowski prepares to graduate in July, she is forever grateful for the experience and opportunity she had working on the frontlines.
“It has been such an amazing experience. I have the opportunity to put my knowledge to use and work on a pandemic response team. I have been working with such a great team of nurses, managers, directors, and medical group associates. I'm so very grateful to have had this opportunity.”