Nurses Week 2020: Jonah S., RN, Emergency Department

In honor of National Nurses Week, we are spotlighting some of our compassionate nurses at UC Health who make a powerful impact on our patients each and every day. Today, we highlight Jonah, Emergency Department nurse at UC Health’s West Chester Hospital.

What inspired you to become a nurse?

Jonah: I had an interest in the medical field due to the culture of service and the intellectual stimulation it provides. I decided to take a class to become an emergency medical technician as a sort of feeler into the field. I enjoyed it, and nursing was a way to further my knowledge while being able to work with patients to help them get well.

Why did you choose to work at UC Health?

Jonah: I saw working for UC Health as an opportunity to be involved in cutting-edge changes in healthcare while serving people in my own community.

How has your team prepared to handle a disease outbreak like COVID-19? 

Jonah: We have made several changes in staffing and logistics to meet the evolving demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. Leadership is working diligently to filter useful information and changes to frontline staff on a daily basis to allow for us to safely take care of our patients.

What advice would you give to nurses who are graduating right now?

Jonah: Remember the good you do. You will have challenging days that leave you physically and mentally exhausted. Remember all the people you had the privilege to help that day, because this habit is what will help achieve longevity in our field.

What has been your most inspiring experience working as a nurse at UC Health so far? 

Jonah: The teamwork demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic is inspiring. This pandemic has shown us the importance of working with our colleagues to provide patient care when staffing is strained, and we have to worry about the safety of everyone involved more than ever. We have persevered and will continue to endure because we are all in this together.

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