WGU invites community to give shout-out to night shift workers during weekend time change

“Night Owls” staff delivers care packages to health care workers in thanks for their extra hour of service during Daylight Saving night shift

Healthcare professionals across Utah are working an extra hour this weekend due to Daylight Saving, and Western Governors University (WGU) staff delivered care packages to show its gratitude to these frontline workers.

WGU Director of Utah Operations Ismar Vallecillos visited the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center, which was one of four stops that also included the Salt Lake Regional Hospital and Davis Hospital in Layton.

“We live in trying times, and healthcare professionals all around us continue to answer the call day-after -day—even at their own risk during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Vallecillos said. “They are our real-life superheroes, and we hope our small gestures send the big message that we are mindful of them.”

As one of the state’s leading education providers for nurses and other health care professionals, WGU included a handwritten note of thanks from faculty and staff along with snacks, sleep masks, coffee and pens.

Many students in WGU’s nursing degree programs are also night shift workers, and the university created a special scholarship for Night Shift workers who may be considering completing or advancing their college educations around their busy schedules.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, WGU offers more than 60 degree programs, including bachelor’s and master’s degrees in its College of Health Professions. Nearly 1,000 Utahns are enrolled in the healthcare programs.

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