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WSU medical student working in New Orleans


Amidst the global pandemic, there is no shortage of the need for healthcare professionals.

With physical clinicals having been cancelled, Boonshoft School of Medicine student Kyle Henneke has had the opportunity to join a healthcare provider group to volunteer in major areas hit by coronavirus.

“I felt this was my calling and, with nothing but time on my hands, I reached out to a representative at Aya Healthcare, a travel nurse agency that has really stepped up and provided a seamless transition into a new adventure as a healthcare provider,” said Henneke, according to a press release from the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

As a graduate from Wright State with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a part of the Physician Leadership Development Program, Henneke will be working toward a Master of Public Health.

Henneke traveled to New Orleans on April 5 and will be volunteering until May 30. While working 48 hours a week, Henneke will also continue his online classes, complete electives and be a tutor.

“I’m nervous, fearful and anxious as I know that the personal protective equipment shortage across the nation has endangered health care providers everywhere. But I know that I’ve been trained and educated well and I am here to serve the people of New Orleans to the best of my ability and hope to make a difference, even if it is small,” said Henneke, according to the press release.