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No Visitors policy in nursing homes means my everyday contact with residents is even more essential.

Luis Villa

NCCHS Class of 2019

Student at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI

Luis works part-time as a certified nursing assistant at a nursing home in Gurnee, while studying nursing at Carthage College. COVID-19 has changed his routine—but not his determination. He has shifted to taking his classes online as he continues to care for those who are vulnerable and isolated.

COVID-19 has changed our sense of normalcy. But I continue to assist our nursing home residents with their daily needs such as feeding, bathing, and dressing. We’re careful to follow precautions to keep us all safe.

Luis got excited about his future as a nurse during a high school summer internship offered through Warhawk Summer Up. The program, run by the City of North Chicago, gives young people the opportunity to experience, first-hand, their life after school. Students can take classes on college campuses for free or work in paid internships aligned to their career interests.

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