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Honoring Nurses with Kelsi Flygare
We have quite a different outlook on healthcare workers after Covid-19 hit. One of my good friends, Kelsi Flygare is a pediatric nurse and she gives us some insight on what it was like when Covid hit the Utah area. Here’s a special post on honoring nurses with Kelsi Flygare.
Kelsi recently received the Pediatric Nurse of Excellence Award. She currently works on the pediatric floor in the Utah Valley Hospital. I’ve always been amazed at how Kelsi goes above and beyond in her work at the hospital, not to mention the friends that call her on the daily with questions about their kids.
She has a unique perspective as she worked in the hospital before, during, and after the pandemic came in the Utah area. Kelsi shared that initially she and her hospital staff were scared when they saw what the coronavirus was doing in New York. They weren’t sure what it would be like when it hit their area. Kelsi even volunteered to go to New York, but they ended up having enough healthcare volunteers.
What Covid Looked Like for Healthcare Workers
Kelsi said before Covid hit their area and their hospital, it was so stressful because they knew it was coming. However, they didn’t know how hard it would be or exactly what it would look like. Would the nurses be on call for days on end? Would they run out of resources? They had no idea, but they knew they needed to be ready.
Kelsi even lost a friend to Covid. He was a respiratory therapist and worked in the NICU. He had saved thousands of lives. So many were heartbroken to lose him. But it was beautiful to see the hospital workers and the community rally together to honor his life.
It didn’t hit home for Kelsi until she lost that friend. Although the pandemic passed through her hospital, she noticed some good things that came from Covid as well.
The Good that Came from Covid
Nurses and healthcare workers used to be a thankless job, but it’s not anymore. It means so much to healthcare workers when you remember their name, bring a small gift, or even just expressing gratitude.
Nurses spend so much time with other people’s loved ones in the hospital, so they start to feel pretty close to their patients, and those who visit them often. They even spend some of the hardest days their patients will ever experience. While that is very hard, it’s also very rewarding.
Kelsi wanted to leave a few last thoughts that will help you and healthcare workers have a better experience when in the hospital:
- Remember, they are humans taking care of humans.
- Give nurses the benefit of the doubt. You never know what’s happening in the hospital room next to you.
- Show kindness. It really does go a long way.
I hope you enjoyed this special post on honoring nurses with Kelsi Flygare. If you know someone who is a nurse, tell them thank you! They work so hard and really do care for us. It’s such a great community to be a part of. Follow me on Instagram @cakebycourtney for more things on cake and sometimes things beyond cake!
PS, have you tried my melt in your mouth butter pecan cookies yet? You will fall in love with them! Maybe you could even bake them and deliver them to your favorite healthcare worker. That sounds like the perfect way to say thank you to me!