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May 2021 Newsletter

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In honor of Nurse's month in May, we have dedicated this month's issue to our Nurses.
A message from Moya, BSN- RN, our Director of Patient Services,
We, at Helping U Homecare want to take the time to appreciate and acknowledge you, our fellow nurses. It was a difficult year for us all and knowing that our patients were in such capable and professional hands, put our minds at ease. You treat your patients as if they were a member of your own family. When you do so, it gives your patients and their families a sense of strength and support they may not have had otherwise.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the care and attention you gave our patient population and their families while they were in our care. We understand how stressful it can be for you in such difficult times. However, your comforting and supportive manner put our patients at ease.  
Thank you once again for all the love and care you gave our patients. It takes a special kind of person to be in service of others and do so with their hearts and skills. What a special gift you are. It is easier to trust the person caring for your family member when you know they are in good hands. Letting a stranger take good care and help you through a hard time is a challenge, but it can restore one’s faith in humanity. 
Happy Nurse’s Month & Happy Nurse’s Year :)
Thank you for being that safe space for those families and for showing up every day despite adversities. We see you; we honor you and we deeply appreciate you for all you do.
Thank you, Heroes. 

In honor of Nurse's month, we interviewed one of our clinical nurses, Shienelle, to hear about her story and experience working as a nurse during COVID 19 and transitioning from fieldwork to office work.
Let's start from the beginning, why did you choose to become a nurse?
Growing up, I always wanted to be a nurse. It was my childhood dream. Helping people was always a big priority for me. When I became an HHA, I knew that I wanted to further my education and get my Nursing degree. I currently have an Associates's degree and a Registered Nurse license and am also currently in school for my Bachelor's degree. I want to continue growing as a nurse.
How long have you been a nurse for?
I became a Registered Nurse in February of 2020.
What was it like for you to work as a nurse during COVID-19?
It was challenging, I was pregnant and everything was unknown. I was afraid for my baby, my family, and my mother who lived with us. What was reassuring was working for a family that followed COVID guidelines and took all the necessary precautions. As their child suffered from a Chronic Respiratory disease, they were vigilant and cautious. I felt safe working with them, as I knew they were taking the right precautions to ensure that we didn't get COVID. It was nonetheless a very scary and unknown time. We had no idea what could change or happen next.
How long did you work during the pandemic?
I began to work for the family I mentioned previously from March 2020 until the morning of my labor (May 2020). My patient's mother was kind enough to drive me home the morning of my labor. She was very supportive and for that, I am very grateful.
When did you start working as a nurse again?
Three months after giving birth, I began working in the field again as a Nurse. I worked in the field for four more months and after getting COVID, I transitioned to clinical work. I already knew that I wanted to work as a clinical Nurse post-pregnancy, but after getting COVID, I decided it was time to switch to the clinical team.
What was your biggest takeaway from this experience?
I learned to always be prepared for the unexpected. To be open-minded as a nurse in all aspects and to be ready mentally for all things that can happen.
Any advice for people who would like to become a nurse?
A couple of things, 1) Don't take for granted what you learn in nursing school, 2) Experience in the field is the most important, so try to get as much experience as you can, that is the best way you will learn; and 3)the last piece of advice, as a nurse, documentation and proper medication administration are two of the very most important things to focus on.
Become a nurse because you have the passion for it.