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Nurses to the Rescue: The Real Hurricane Heroes


As Hurricane Dorian sets on its disastrous path up the U.S. southeast coast, stories about heroic nurses stepping in to save others are fast emerging.

Good Morning America reported this week on a team of respiratory nurses and respiratory therapists, who went to two coastal hospitals in Georgia to rescue sick newborns – and created a “mini ICU on wheels.” Rana Roberts, RN, director of Trauma and Transport at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta told GMA: “The people we should celebrate and recognize the most are the caregivers who left their families on a holiday to respond to our needs for them to go on a transport and they immediately came.”

Nurses were also the heroes of Hurricane Sandy – quickly responding and rescuing many stranded patients in hospitals big and small, across NYC, Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey, and beyond. Considered to be “the most heroic rescue effort of the storm” -- the nurses at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, with no power or working elevators, safely evacuated more than 740 patients. When the hospital’s backup generators failed, the nurses had to manually pump air into the tiny babies in the NICU, as well as carried hundreds of patients down many flights of stairs. The nurses worked until every patient made it out safely.

“When someone makes the commitment to become a Nurse, they are making a Commitment to Care,” says Louise Weadock, MPH, RN, founder and CEO of ACCESS Nursing Services. “Nurses were there for 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Sandy and now Dorian. Once again proving that they can be trusted to do what they can to save lives and to keep people safe and healthy.

They are tirelessly dedicated and open-heartedly relentless in their efforts to improve the quality of life for another.”

“Although I am sometimes amazed by the situations where caring occurs, I am never surprised by the courageous, compassionate, creative and selfless acts by nurses on the scene. When the hands that touch you Don’t Care… they Hurt!” This is even made more evident during a crisis or a disaster,” she continued.

“Nurses are the most heroic of our heroes – and often go unnoticed in their rescue efforts.” Weadock said.


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