Although Thanksgiving may look a bit different this year, it is still one of our most meaningful holidays and the time to reflect and give thanks for all the people and blessings in our lives. As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I would like to express how grateful I am to our nation’s nurses – our healthcare heroes -- who have put their lives on the line each and every day. They have been the ones to “run into the burning buildings” and have stood courageously by the so many who have been sick and sadly, those who have passed, from this terrible virus.
I am particularly proud of our ACCESS Nursing Services team of nurses for their kindness, compassion, courage, patience, and all that they’ve accomplished during this once in a century pandemic. You answered the call to join our COVID Care Force last spring -- all 1,500 of you – and your bravery changed the lives of not only the patients, but also their family members. Your tireless care and empathy will never be forgotten by all the people you have touched. You have redefined who we have known to be a “hero.” Perhaps, not a brawny Superman wearing a cape flying off to save the day – they are instead men and women who don scrubs and wear masks as they walk into ICUs overflowing with seriously ill patients to save lives.
Happy Thanksgiving with great thanks and appreciation to nurses everywhere!
Louise Weadock, MPH, RN, Founder and CEO-CNO Access Nursing Your Chief Nursing Officer
As CEO-CNO Access Nursing Services, Louise Weadock has 45 years of healthcare experience and has stood at the forefront of the AIDS Epidemic, SARS, MERSA, 911, Swine Flu, Ebola, H1N1 and now COVID-19. Her passion for saving lives grows ever stronger and since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has forged ahead to lead a team of the most compassionate, caring healthcare professionals in the U.S.