In recognition of Nurses Week 2020, the Rio Grande Sun featured two nurses at Presbyterian Espanola Hospital, highlighting their compassionate approach to care, particularly during the current pandemic.
Lucrecia Tainter, a nurse at the same-day clinic who has helped test community members for COVID-19, said some of the most meaningful moments of her career have been spent listening to patients who have been stigmatized for their substance use disorder.
That ability to listen, to be compassionate with whomever one is speaking to, is crucial to being a nurse, Tainter told the Rio Grande sun.
Tisha Tyler, nurse manager of the medical surgical pediatric unit and the intensive care unit said nurses are “everything that patient needs when they need it at that time, whether it's someone just holding their hand, and just providing that affection to that patient, being compassionate, being patient, listening, being able to sit there.”
As nurse manager, Tyler is proud to watch her nursing staff and nursing students.
“The nurses work hard every day,” she said. “They're really selfless, and they're really courageous, and they have such a strong work ethic.”
Relying on the team at the hospital has been necessary for making it through the pandemic, with its many unpredictabilities and new procedures, she told the Rio Grande Sun.