Men in Nursing
Working Nurse 2020 – Telemetry Director, Jesse Lopez, Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles
Looking back on this year, what have been the biggest changes in your practice compared to previous years?
One of the biggest changes has been having to practice outside of our traditional infection control practices. Our staff were trained to adhere to rigid infection control practices, so adapting to new CDC guidelines allowing reuse of masks and gowns was an adjustment.
Tell us about the most inspirational thing you’ve experienced or witnessed as a nurse during this pandemic.
My staff’s commitment to their patients, peers and the organization. In the early stages, when very little was known about the virus, staff were putting their lives at risk to care for patients with COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, the nurses have been pushed to their limits and never complained. They would tell me that they were not ready for COVID-19, but knew that they had to use their skills to take care of each patient’s condition based on their training.