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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.

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

The simple, kind gesture of local vendors providing us with warm meals and cool drinks as we work long hours caring for patients.

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

In my 20 years in nursing, I have learned so much at every stage: as a CNA, LVN, staff RN, educator, NP, manager and now clinical director. Each level and every person I have connected with has provided me with pearls of wisdom that have made me the nurse that I am today.

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