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Nurse skips graduation to help those hit hard by coronavirus

"I went into nursing to help and to care for people, so this was the perfect opportunity."

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Instead of attending her graduation from nursing school as planned, Taylor Vandeloo found herself putting the degree to use.

Vanderloo, a student at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, skipped the ceremony to help out at a long-term care facility in Indiana.

"I never thought that I would be in the middle of nursing school, going through a pandemic," she told KSNT. "I went into nursing to help and to care for people, so this was the perfect opportunity."

Vanderloo had been working at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas, but volunteered to help one of the hospital's partner facilities in Indiana that was hit hard by coronavirus cases.

When she arrived, Vanderloo heard about a shortage of medical gowns and reached out to one of her college advisors for help. Within days, hundreds of gowns were donated.

"I got chills because I helped do that," Vanderloo told the television station. "I impacted that. I made a difference. And that was the whole point of this. I wanted to come up here and make a difference."