SAHA Resident Reflects on Her Time as a Nurse During Nurses Week 2020
Nurses Week is a week-long celebration to recognize nurses and their dedication to care for others. During a time when health care professionals have proven more essential than ever, Ms. Shela Vann, a SAHA Resident and former Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), reflects on her 35 years as a nurse and thanks all medical frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I started my nursing career in 1969 as a nurses aide from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. while pursuing my LVN from 4 to 10 p.m.,” said Vann. “I used my welfare check to pay for school books and nursing classes and was able to graduate with my LVN in 1971.”
Vann said she loved the physical part of her job — preparing patients before surgery, admitting patients for x-rays, completing med rounds with the doctor and personally meeting patients. Given the ongoing global pandemic and national emergency, Vann says she wishes she could help.
“Nurses are needed more now than ever, and my heart goes out to the nurses and doctors that have been affected,” said Vann. “It makes me sad that I cannot help them. I pray for them. I miss nursing everyday, but my children do not want me to do it again. If I can do anything to help right now, I would.”
Vann encourages anyone who has the passion or opportunity to be a part of the medical industry to pursue the field.
“If you have it within yourself to care for people, and it is in your heart to care for people, then pursue nursing. There are so many resources available and opportunities now than what were provided to me. If you have the calling, go for it!”
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