Men in Nursing
Men in Nursing 2020 – Trauma Intensive Care, Michael Zunde, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Looking back on this year, what have been the biggest changes in your practice?
Patients are spending their hospital stays alone, which amplifies the fear and loneliness they endure. Providing comfort and reassurance has always been part of nursing care, but making time to stay at the bedside while families FaceTime, listening to stories, telling jokes, and making personal connections have all become more essential than ever.
Tell us about the most inspirational thing you’ve experienced as a nurse during this pandemic.
I found inspiration in the dedication and selflessness of my coworkers. Not once did I hear anyone mention taking leave until the crisis subsided. Our nurses showed up day in and day out, often working extra hours during surge conditions.