From left, are Jackie
Simms, Cindy Usher,
Reese Hurley and
N urses regularly take on a variety of roles, be it as
caregivers, coaches, confidants, or whatever it is that
their patients need them to be.
And, while nursing has long been considered by many
to be a noble profession, the worldwide situation with
COVID-19 has put nurses in the spotlight, practically
making them the masked face of the fight against the virus.
This greater awareness of nurses and their tireless service
has inspired an outpouring of support from communities
across the world, often in the form of donations of personal
protective equipment and other supplies from businesses, or
tokens of appreciation like potluck-style lunches and dinners
from local churches.
“I’ve been in nursing for over 30 years, but this is the first
time in my life where I’ve felt like people are considering
us heroes,” said Cindy Usher, a registered nurse in Hunt
Regional Medical Center’s emergency room.
“Firefighters and police officers are understandably treated
like heroes all the time, but I feel like this whole situation is
changing peoples’ perspective on nurses,” Usher continued.
“In the past, a lot of times, people wouldn’t stop and think
about how, a lot of times, we can’t be with our families
during the holidays because we’re doing our job and caring
for other people.”
SPRING 2020 Greenville Life 19