Summer Job All Too Real Amidst Pandemic

BILOXI, Miss – Scarlet Nation ’22 spent her summer vacation a little differently than most other students at St. Patrick Catholic High School. She worked as a front line worker for her father, Dr. Roman Nation, at his practice, Nation’s Best Family Health Care in Panama City, Florida.

This summer job would consist of checking in patients and working in an office setting in any other summer. However, 2020 presented new challenges for health care providers and front line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bay County, Florida saw an uptick in positive cases and increased testing as the summer continued. Nation donned PPE as she checked those seeking COVID-19 testing in between the office and a car line they started in the parking lot. At one point in June, the practice tested between 125-175 patients a day.

“We started with just one team of an admin, nurse, and healthcare provider testing for COVID. By the end of the summer, we had three teams,” said Nation.

This experience allowed Nation to see first-hand the incredible work being done by frontline workers during a pandemic.

“I feel I definitely made a difference in our office. I know that I helped people receive care. That’s important,” said Nation.

St. Patrick Catholic High School is a faith-based, college preparatory high school in Biloxi, Mississippi, and named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2019. Established in 2007, St. Patrick is the premier secondary educational institution in South Mississippi and strives each day to Educate Scholars, Train Disciples, and Support Champions. St. Patrick is proud to report a 100% college matriculation rate, ACT and SAT scores that far exceed the state and national averages, and a rich history of Catholic education founded in the traditional roots of our legacy schools of St. John High School, Mercy Cross High School, Notre Dame High School, and Sacred Heart Academy.