Men in Nursing

Men in Nursing 2020 – Manager in Ambulatory Surgery, Martin Espina, PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles

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

In previous years, my practice was mostly limited to individual patient care. As I’ve taken on the role of nurse manager, I have shifted my focus to making my nurses’ practice more efficient while maintaining a high quality of care.

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

The number of people who have volunteered to take care of COVID-19 patients in the cohorted units. These frontline workers do not have to be exposed, but they do so because when they chose a healthcare career, they pledged to care for those who are ill.

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

As a nurse, I didn’t sign up wanting special recognition for caring for people. I did it simply to care for people, period. However, it’s always nice to know that people out there appreciate what healthcare providers do on a daily basis. The general public has seemed very supportive, down to small gestures such as expedited lines in stores for frontline workers.

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

As I have aged and progressed in my nursing career, I have broadened my view from individual patient care to how I can affect care on a larger scale by making nursing practices simpler, more efficient and of the highest standards.

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