Part of a series: COVID-19 — Nurses’ Notes from the Front Line

by Teresa Rowe, RN

Twenty years ago — before we were designated as an approved neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by California Children’s Services, and back when we rarely had an infant who needed to be on a…


Part of a series: COVID-19 — Nurses’ Notes from the Front Line

by Sherice Smith, RN

When I was a little girl, my mom struggled with her health. I watched as Nurses cared for her. I could tell they were amazing, even as a tiny girl. I knew that healing…


Part of a series: COVID-19 — Nurses’ Notes from the Front Line

by Joe Escareno, RN

When I started studying for a career, I thought I wanted to be a teacher. I love learning and passing on knowledge. I had a friend at the time studying to be a doctor…


Part of a series: COVID-19 — Nurses’ Notes from the Front Line

by Gema B.

My family knew that a vocation requiring patience and compassion suited me. That’s why, at their urging, I became a Nurse 32 years ago. It was the right choice.

Nursing is healing.

But over my…


Part of a series: COVID-19 — Nurses’ Notes from the Front Line

by Stephanie Smith, RN

I’ve worked in the ICU at St. Joe’s hospital in Burbank, California, for more than four years. The ICU is everything I love about nursing.

I decided I wanted to be a Nurse after…


Part of a series: COVID-19 — Nurses’ Notes from the Front Line

by Jennifer Gooding, RN

When I decided at a young age that I wanted to pick a good career, Nursing was the only choice. I come from a family of Nurses. I heard their stories of helping families…


Part of a series: COVID-19 — Nurses’ Notes from the Front Line

by Karen Ballentyne, RN

Since the pandemic hit my hospital, I can’t shake the feeling that rather than approaching it with good, collaborative crisis planning, management is simply “trying things out” over and over again. …


Part of a series: COVID-19 — Nurses’ Notes from the Front Line

by Laura Malatesta, RN

I’m sick at home with Covid-19.

I’ve worked at West Hills Hospital in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley for 15 years. For 12 of those years, I worked in the ER. It was exciting, and…


by Carlo Delima, RN

Part of a series: COVID-19 — Nurses’ Notes from the Front Line

I just got home from working a night shift in our COVID-19 unit, where we care for both positive and “rule-out” patients who require constant care and monitoring. …


…and how I smuggled In donated masks stuffed into a Subway sandwich bag.

by Jhonna Porter, RN

Nurses are engaged in the fight of our lives, against the worst pandemic we’ve ever witnessed, and I’m watching it all unfold from the sidelines. It’s not because I’m quarantined. Last week I was sent home, suspended without pay.

I’m a relief charge Nurse caring for…

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