Greenville Life Spring 2020 - Page 19

From left, are Jackie Lankford, Brant Simms, Cindy Usher, Reese Hurley and Jenny Balentine. 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