Men In Nursing 2020

William Raymundo, Charge Nurse COVID-19 Unit, Dignity Health Glendale Memorial

Looking back on this year, what have been the biggest changes in your practice?

The biggest changes have been in the use of PPE and having to be mindful of the potentially limited supply. We’ve had to learn new ways to protect ourselves while conserving equipment like N95 masks and isolation gowns to last the whole shift.

Tell us about the most inspirational thing you’ve experienced as a nurse during this pandemic.

I felt most inspired by the appreciation the community showed the people on the front lines, such as when the fire department assembled in front of the hospital to salute the healthcare workers. It also inspires me to see patients recover from COVID-19. Despite the uncertainty of this pandemic, it gives me hope to know that there are patients who fight and survive. It reminds me of the importance of my profession and the ability to make a difference in someone’s life.

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What nonmedical support from family, friends or the general public has been most appreciated?

I appreciate all the prayers and encouraging words of my family during this pandemic. Most days, I come home exhausted, but seeing my family well gives me strength to go on.

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How have you grown as a nurse since you started working in this profession?

I feel like I have become more resilient because nursing is a fast-paced field that’s always changing. We are often faced with difficult situations where a life or someone’s wellbeing depends on our quick health judgment or decisions.

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