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Nurses in training at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario ready to take on Covid

Jill Humble, the executive director of nursing and allied health at Treasure Valley Community College. (The Enterprise/LILIANA FRANKEL)

ONTARIO – Nurses in training at Treasure Valley Community College have an intense schedule with 720 hours of clinicals, or on-site training, over the course of two years in addition to their classroom study. 

Students and teachers in recent interviews were confident that despite, or perhaps because of, the exhausting nature of the program, graduates enter the workforce well-prepared to deal with the special conditions created by the Covid pandemic. 

“I don’t think you can really ever appreciate it until you’re actually in it,” said Stephanie Hillman, a registered nurse at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa who graduated from the program in the spring. “Everyone says it’s so stressful and it . . .