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www. Char l es tonWomenPodcas t . com | www. ReadCW. com | www. I ns tagram. com /Char l es tonWomen contact tracing. “There were over 4,000 additional staff hours because of contact tracing. The biggest challenge is staying updated,” she said. “There are new variants, and we have to constantly stay flexible with the changing guidelines.” Her job has taught her to adapt and to learn how to reach out and work with DHEC, MUSC, the city of Charleston and other departments and entities, keeping up to date with the ever-changing guidelines. She noted that ‘How can we improve?’ is the one key question she is always focused on. While COVID-19 is the biggest challenge she’s ever faced in her career, Nitz fortunately was not completely unprepared. About 10 years ago, there was a disease outbreak in Mount Pleasant that, at the time, was thought to develop into something large-scale. Even though the outbreak didn’t drastically spread like Covid, Nitz felt she had learned a lot from her experience at the time. That experience allowed her to go into the pandemic feeling a little less blindsided, as well as being more flexible and willing to adapt to new health-related circumstances. As CCSD’s nurse director, Nitz faces daily challenges, but those who work with her could not be more appreciative. Andy Pruitt, the CCSD’s Director of Communications, called Nitz a “Godsend.” He explained that Nitz had built relationships even before the pandemic, proving she really hadn’t ever met a stranger. Her dedication to relationship building helped to lead to the nursing team’s success in South Carolina’s second-largest school district. Pruitt expressed how the team could not be more thankful for Nitz and all her hard work. It’s true that Ellen Nitz has her hands full, but she values her job and embraces the challenges. It is clear to see her passion for her career and each student’s safety. feature www.savicucina.com | 843.606.1856 1324 Theater Drive (Mount Pleasant Towne Centre) ® COASTAL + CLASSIC ITALIAN CUISINE WINE SPECTATOR AWARD WINNING WINE LIST BEST OF MOUNT PLEASANT BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT BEST WINE SELECTION BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE BEST DESSERT BEST TAKEOUT ®