by: Reuben Jones, Spectrum News
Kasey Carpenter, 19, is balancing a lot as a UNC Charlotte student.
She's a nursing student and a Certified Nursing Assistant at CaroMont Health. Despite the fatigue, Carpenter is all in as she readies to become a full-time nurse.
“With everything going on, I see how there's the burnout, and they need nurses, and I wanted to help as much as I could,” Carpenter says.
She's part of a growing group. Nursing school applications are up 16% this spring at Central Piedmont Community College and up 50% for the undergraduate program at UNC Charlotte.