Men in Nursing
Men in Nursing 2020 – Medical Surgical Nurse, Peter Abbott, San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, Banning
Looking back on this year, what have been the biggest changes in your practice?
Having to always wear PPE changes how we interact with patients. It’s hard when I cannot see their expressions and they cannot see that I am smiling at them. Since our hospital is not allowing visitors, we have to assure patients’ families over the phone that their loved one is going to be okay, which is more challenging for all concerned.
Tell us about the most inspirational thing you’ve experienced as a nurse during this pandemic.
When this pandemic started, we had little idea what it was or how it spread. Despite these unknowns, the nurses would put on their protective gear and go into a patient’s room without hesitation, putting their lives at risk to help complete strangers. That bravery has been inspirational to see.