Documentary pays tribute to frontline nurses throughout pandemic
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The first documentary of its kind from Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) pays tribute to its nurses by sharing stories of their heroic work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The documentary features four nurses who, throughout the pandemic, have found the bravery, courage and resilience to carry on with some of the toughest career experiences.
The documentary, titled “The Strength to Heal”, is a testimony of nurses around the world who have learned to persevere through the worst of times. The LVHN nurses featured share how bonding with their patients and learning to take care of themselves outside of work kept them going, even when the going got tough.
“I believe that nursing is the foundation of quality medical care, and the nurses at LVHN are some of the best you can find. During the difficult early years of the pandemic, the community looked to LVHN and its nurses not only for stability and care, but also for compassion and emotional support,” said Brian A. Nester, DO, MBA, President and CEO of LVHN. “The strength, resilience and commitment to patients in the face of uncertainty demonstrated by our nurses is nothing short of heroic. We are thrilled to show that dedication and strength of character in this documentary.
The documentary highlights nurses’ commitment to their patients and the vital role they still play in the community’s fight against COVID-19.
Each of the LVHN nurses featured in the documentary exemplifies their dedication to providing high-quality patient care that improves patient outcomes and leaves an indelible mark on those in their care. From happy birthdays spent in hospital with COVID to reuniting loved ones when difficult goodbyes were said – often virtually – these nurses provided compassionate and personalized support.
This commitment showed up even as they faced challenges, such as isolating themselves from friends and family so they could continue to come to the frontlines to care for others or deal with fear. to bring COVID home for their children. Their strength and resilience are hallmarks of LVHN’s approach to patient care.
The detailed stories featured in the documentary provide a comprehensive view of the lives of nurses during these difficult times. Like those of their colleagues in the nursing community, their stories reflect the hardships nurses faced across the country – offering a comprehensive and detailed insight into their lives inside and outside of their work at their peak. of the pandemic.
One story, in particular, comes from Nurse Nichole Persing, Director of Patient Care Services, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Lehigh Valley Hospital – Hecktown Oaks, who compared navigating this difficult time to training athletic endurance that she followed to participate in several Ironman competitions.
She shares in this documentary how her passion for training for Ironman races allowed her to apply the endurance mindset to her work as a nurse, helping her persevere in the most daunting of situations so that she ran an intensive care unit during the pandemic and provided first-hand care to affected community members. .
“The nursing profession has been irrevocably changed by the pandemic,” says Nester. “This documentary offers an opportunity to pause and reflect on our shared experiences and find meaning in what we will pursue.”