National Nurses Day 2020 is celebrated by domestic health care facilities

Nurses at local hospitals persist to make a change in the lives of their patients, all while working during the pandemic.

On May 6 is National Nurses Day and Channel 3 wants to offer our gratitude to all the nurses around who risk their health each day for the wellness of others. Nurses at our local hospitals carry on their duty to make a change in the lives of their patients, by working during a global pandemic. 

We connected with a few nurses at Erlanger who say this is where they are supposed to be. 

Macey Banbury works in the cardiac department at Erlanger downtown. “Making sure the patient’s rhythm isn’t converting into an irregular rhythm and making sure they aren’t going into a deathly rhythm,” Banbury told. 

Tany Collier is a registered nurse at Erlanger who at present serves as a nurse educator. Collier told, “I help onboard new nurses and help them make sure they keep their credentials up and their training.” 

Both of these nurses love their work in the medical field, but for separate reasons. Collier said, “I love our elderly population. Their stories, I want to hear everything they have to say,” whereas Banbury appreciates the critical thinking and problem-solving element. 

Banbury stated, “How will they recover? If that’s managing their pain and their pain is the biggest issue they’re having then that’s making sure they are medicated on the hour.” Both can admit, life has been different these past two months. “On our own floor we’re having to do face masks, then it was eyeglasses, and wearing chin masks at one point,” Banbury added. Making it hard to communicate with their patients sometimes. “Especially if they have hearing impairments, it’s really hard-wearing a mask if they can only lip-read,” Banbury informed.

But the nurses assert working together in such a difficult time has strengthened everyone, enabling them to best meet their patient’s requirements. “I’ve experienced teamwork like I’ve never seen before. We always take care of each other, but it’s gone to a whole new level with COVID-19,” Collier informed. 

While life has been different, both of them are grateful to be where they are and are glad to be working on the front lines. 

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