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Cordilleran nurse honored in the UK for her kindness, wisdom and hope during pandemic

Photo Courtesy || Grace Nabus

Cordillera - A proud Igorota nurse, Grace Nabus was among the 34 extraordinary people who were featured in UK's National Health Service (NHS) funded Empathy Museum Project "From Where I'm Standing: Audio Stories and Portraits from 2020.

In her audio story, Nabus shares how she became a nurse at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and provides support to the junior members of staff during the early days of the pandemic. 

"It’s particularly stressful, especially so that, in my role, I have also to support the more junior members of staff, listening to their fears and listening to their anxiety. Sometimes I wouldn’t know how to comfort or support them as well. They were very anxious about PPEs. Our PPEs at that time, in March, were not enough because we were only given just one per day, one mask per day. You know, I was very worried about myself, because I know I have a respiratory condition is well. I am very sickly. My husband was very worried. My mum was very worried. I told them that I am doing my best to protect myself. When they told me that I need to do training again on infection control I asked if I could have that hand washing inspection machine and they said yes, so we purchased it, because I’ve been wanting to have it in infection control training." Nabus said.

But despite the stress and challenges she had to manage in her workplace, Nabus said being a nurse is rewarding.

"I would say to the people that being a nurse is both difficult and rewarding. Being a nurse at the midst of the pandemic was challenging. But it’s also rewarding. Having survived the pandemic, and having cared for people to survive the pandemic also – that has been rewarding, and it was made more meaningful by people clapping for key workers," Nabus added.

Recently nurse Nabus was one of the recipients of the Rising Star Award 2020 in London where she was recognized for a job well done in patient care. 

READ ALSO: First Cordilleran nurse won Rising Star Award 2020 in London



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