Celebrating nurses as they help to protect others during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted at 5:00 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 07:22:47-04

There may be many aspects of life that seem uncertain for people right now.

For Nathan French, a registered nurse, one thing is certain. He will report to work every morning ready to help those most in need.

"If I do something at the end of the day that results in the patient having a more enjoyable hospital stay--then I've done my job," French said.

French has spent almost a decade working in the Intensive Care Unit.

His love of helping others started at a young age.

"I remember being asked to sit overnight with a family member, stay the night with them while they're in the hospital," French said. "I remember being, of all the medical staff that would come, in most awe of the nurses. These nurses were providing a service to my family members when they couldn't do so. They did it with such kindness, compassion, and skill."

French said he knew the career path he chose would be a challenge. He added, nothing could have prepared him for the challenges that lie ahead with Covid-19.

"There is always a fear of the unknown and unexpected."

Even with that fear of the unknown--French said he and his colleagues took an oath to protect others and that is exactly what they are going to do.

"Firefighters don't say, 'No, I'm not going to go into the burning building' and police officers don't say no because a situation is too dangerous." said French. "As a nurse I'm certainly not going to say "no" to taking care of these critically ill patients when they're at their most vulnerable."

French has this advice for new and experienced nurses during and outside of the pandemic.

He said, "Never forget to take time for self." French said you cannot take care of someone else if you cannot take care of yourself.