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Jennifer Stone is now ready to play a nurse — in real life.
In a post shared on Tuesday, Stone, 27, shared a photo of her three medical badges: one as a volunteer, another as a student nurse and a final indicating that she’s become a registered nurse.
“A very good friend of mine… pointed out to me that today is #worldhealthday,” the actress wrote in the caption. “It is also the day I went from a volunteer, then a student nurse, and now an RN resident.”
Furthermore, she added: “I just hope to live up to all of the amazing healthcare providers on the front lines now as I get ready to join them.”
Stone posted again on Wednesday, showing off her facemask and explaining her reason for wearing it.
“Why am I giving a thumbs up like a lame uncle?” the caption read. “Because I’m wearing a mask to flatten the curve…”
Stone then noted that followers can’t see her smiling, which was prompted by hitting 300,000 followers on Instagram.
The Disney star revealed that she earned her nursing degree in December of 2019, celebrating with an Instagram post containing a video of herself dancing with her certificate.
“It’s been a long road of blood (mostly other people’s), sweat, and tears (those were mine),” she said in the caption. “But I can finally call myself a nursing grad! Now to start studying for NCLEX!
Stone, who played Harper on “Wizards of Waverly Place,” indicated that she hasn’t given up on acting, adding the hashtags “#actorbyday” and “#nursebynight” to her post.
Stone now joins a number of other high-profile celebs who have returned to their previous positions in the medical field amid the pandemic.
This week Miss England 2019, Bhasha Mukherjee, announced her decision to cut her title duties short and return to the United Kingdom to join the National Health Service as a junior doctor. In an interview with Fox News, Mukherjee said she knew it was the right time to join in the fight.
“It wasn’t a tough decision,” Mukherjee told Fox News on Tuesday. “I’ve been to Africa, Turkey, and India was the first of the Asian countries I was going to travel to. After India, I had several other countries that had to be cut short because of obviously the coronavirus. I knew the best place for me would be back at the hospital.”
Similarly, former “Love Island” star Malin Andersson, who is also a trained elderly and palliative carer, revealed on Twitter she was returning to her former job to help those affected with COVID-19.
“I can’t sit at home on my own anymore knowing I have training within the sector. My heart hurts for them, and if I can give something more then what I’m doing – then I am satisfied,” she wrote.
After her first shift, Andersson updated her followers to let them know her heart feels “so, so full.”
Anna Vakili, another “Love Island” alum, quit her former job as a pharmacist before joining the series in 2019. Last week, she alerted her Instagram followers that the pandemic inspired her to return to the medical field.
“First day back working as a Pharmacist since leaving Love Island. It’s been almost a whole year! Wow can’t believe how fast it’s gone. Wasn’t really planning on registering yet but with everything that’s going on it felt wrong not to. We can all fight this together. Stay safe. Stay home. Save lives 💙,” she captioned a photo of herself wearing a mask at work.
While a majority of stars likely did not start out in the medical field, Rita Ora proved that there are still opportunities to help provide relief during the global health crisis.
The “Ritual” singer’s mom revealed in an interview with Hello! that Ora has signed up as an NHS volunteer, which could involve administerial responsibilities to delivering medical supplies.
“She’s very keen to do her bit,” Ora’s mother shared. “She and her older sister Elena are among the 750,000 people who have applied to help out and prevent this illness coming through our door and overwhelming the NHS. They’ll be among the people who deliver medical supplies, collect prescriptions, check on the elderly and make phone calls to lonely and vulnerable members of the community.”