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Erica LoVan: Nurse Won't Back Down During COVID-19 Fight

Iowa City
Nursing


“We had training for Ebola and similar training for COVID-19,” adds Erica. She is treating COVID-19 patients in the ICU, ages ranging 18 to 80 years old. “Thankfully I have only three to four patients per week.” While the 24-hour observation unit at the University of Iowa Hospital has about 10 to 12 COVID-19 patients per week.


— Erica Lovan
Iowa City
Nursing

“Never say no,” wise words shared by 2015 Briar Cliff University Nursing and Psychology alumnae Erica LoVan, as she reflects on her experience on The Cliff and participating in extracurriculars.

Erica currently works at University of Iowa Hospital in the Surgical Neurology Intensive Care Unit as a staff nurse. Her words of wisdom have proven essential for the response needed for COVID-19.

“We had training for Ebola and similar training for COVID-19,” adds Erica. She is treating COVID-19 patients in the ICU, ages ranging 18 to 80 years old. As of April 3, 2020, Erica shared, “thankfully I have only three to four patients per week.” While the 24-hour observation unit at the University of Iowa Hospital has about 10 to 12 COVID-19 patients per week.

Erica’s willingness to serve on the frontlines of the increasing pandemic is a selflessness commonality in the Helpcare™ field, of which our nation is grateful for. Erica initially planned to pursue Radiology Technology, a program that Briar Cliff is “one of the few” to offer in the area. After job shadowing, Erica realized she wanted to have more patient contact and switched to Nursing.

“Most professors were really engaged and taught not just the fundamentals but also how it incorporates into real life,” said Erica, while also adding that internships helped with clinicals. These experiences helped her learn that she was more of a “people person” than she thought. She reflects on being challenged, and “pushed into uncomfortable situations, both in the classroom and out,” and as a result growing as a person.

This personal and professional growth, along with the desire to care for others, has helped prepare Erica for these challenging times. Her advice during this pandemic: “Be more cautious. I am seeing the sickest of the sick.”

Thank you, Erica, for saving lives and supporting the Iowa City community.

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