Nadeen Robinson, Oncology Nurse, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Nursing has granted me some of the greatest joys of my life. But now we’re in a new era, one that nothing could have prepared us for. Life feels like I am riding in the fastest car ever made, and it has just spun out of control. It has not yet stopped, and no one knows how and where it will end.
I am worried about my oncology patients. Luckily, they have all had negative test results. Many of my fellow nurses are caring for patients who are positive for COVID-19. I share their concerns and compassion for their patients and I wanted to support them. So after talking with my friend and fellow nurse, I came up with the idea of making snack baskets for nurses and delivering them to all the other floors. We wanted to do something that would have an immediate impact. Plus, we nurses love snacks.
I immediately sent a message to our 6 Hudson North team, and they jumped on board and chipped in. We made a list in order to limit our time in the stores, collecting all the items quickly and intentionally. When we deliver the baskets, our colleagues are genuinely grateful that we’re thinking of them and they know we’re all in this together.
I am beaming with pride over my colleagues. Here on 6 Hudson North, they have surpassed all my expectations. Their willingness to help the staff on COVID units speaks volumes to their dedication to their profession. I feel gratitude, pride and am honored to say I am a part of a team of inspirational leaders.