Nursing Graduate Eager to Continue Fight Against Pandemic

Posted April 16, 2021, 1:41PM
Yedaliz Nicole Llanos

Yedaliz Llanos began her studies at NCCU as a transfer student from Coastal Carolina Community College after earning her associate’s degree.

Enrolled in the Department of Nursing, Llanos has been a reliable volunteer with NCCU’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, along with other community work such as conducting local health screenings and making tutorial videos for incoming nursing students.

Yedaliz feels her entry into nursing in the midst of a pandemic was not all bad.

“I was excited to be a part of the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic,” she said. “This is a huge part of history.  I was happy to be a part of it to interact with people, answer questions and administer the vaccine to help ease some of the stressors associated with the pandemic.”

She also worked at Duke Raleigh Hospital in its intensive unit as part of the capstone experience course required by her degree. 

“I feel well prepared for my career,” Llanos said “NCCU’s Department of Nursing has not only provided the knowledge needed, but also hands-on training and an essential support system for success.”

In addition, she gained clinical experience in a variety of specializations through service at area hospitals, including Duke Raleigh Hospital, WakeMed Raleigh Hospital and Central Regional Hospital, among others.

Before pursing her bachelor’s degree, Llanos also worked as a certified nursing assistant at Woodbury Wellness and Rehabilitation in Hampstead, N.C. That real-world experience, she said, is what guided her decision to specialize in neurological critical care.

Beginning her career as a fulltime nurse, the Richlands, N.C. native will go to work at Duke Raleigh Hospital’s neuro stepdown unit for recovering patients.

“NCCU professors want you to succeed; it was meant for me to earn my degree at NCCU.”

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