She Has ‘the Heart of a Nurse,’ But Can She Overcome Obstacles to Her Degree?
Liz Willen, The Hechinger Report/USA Today
Nursing, the nation’s largest health-care profession, has always been among the hardest majors at Borough of Manhattan Community College. It’s also a nearly surefire way into a recession-proof career that pays well, especially when the COVID-19 health crisis has stretched the U.S. health-care system to its limits and accelerated the demand for qualified health-care professionals.
But for Marleny Hernandez, a 33-year-old mother of four and a high school dropout, the pandemic is one more obstacle in her nearly five-year journey to becoming a nurse.