Resilience in the Time of COVID

As much as coronavirus has changed us, it's also reminded us of our individual and collective resilience, too.

by Christine Phelan Kueter

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Taxis drive past entrance to NYU Langone Medical Center

Her Walk In

The walk into Jessica Herren’s (BSN `18) job at NYU Langone Hospital is part march, part meditation.

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nurse's stethoscope

The First COVID Patient

When Cate Rhangos (BSN `19) entered the room, her patient looked at her with eyes that said, "Am I going to die here?"

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UVA Nursing grad Brent Lankford (BSN `10) standing outside Calvert Health Medical Center in southern Maryland where he works as an Emergency Department charge nurse

Ready on the Western Shore

"I think we will all be better clinicians, and better prepared for future outbreaks like this," says Brent Lankford (BSN `10), an emergency nurse in Md.

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UVA Nursing grad Amelia Conner, BSN 2018, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) with Northwell Hospital colleagues during 2020 COVID-19 pandemic

On the New York Frontlines

"Yes, this is not something any of us were expecting, but we can do it," said Amelia Conner (BSN `18), who's caring for COVID patients in Manhasset, NY.

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Scott Darrah before and after side-by-side pictures - clean shaven and with beard

Clean-Shaven in Solidarity

"When it comes to nitty-gritty stuff in the trenches," says advanced practice nurse Scott Darrah (MSN `15), who's caring for COVID patients, "we're serious."

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UVA Nursing graduate Lauren Dickinson (BSN `19) holding heart-shaped sign during 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Proud to be a nurse.

Managing, Shift by Shift

"I truly believe we will all come out stronger nurses and stronger people at the end of this," says Lauren Dickinson (BSN `19), caring for COVID patients in NY.

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