The pressure among CHRISTUS Health’s nursing staff at times can feel insurmountable as they work to meet the demands of the pandemic and the latest surge of the Delta variant. And, although pushed to the limit at times, especially when young nurses see patients their own age or friends coming in very sick, these nurses want to help people. They want to save lives.
One nurse, from CHRISTUS Santa Rosa-Westover Hills in San Antonio detailed some of her nursing journey especially during this last 16 months. Stephanie Guzman actually went through nursing school during the pandemic. Her Clinical Director of Medical Telemetry (heart floor) told us this about Stephanie. “Her perseverance to continue her studies to be an RN during the pandemic and caring for COVID patients is remarkable. Team Tele is grateful to have had her in our team and she will be greatly missed as she moves on to the ICU. We are all excited to see what the future has in store for her.”
As Stephanie moves now into one of our most critical units, ICU, she’ll encounter on average 95 percent of COVID critical ill patients who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine. However, she remains positive. We asked her to tell her story. How she was promoted, and furthered her career at CHRISTUS through the worst of odds.
Congratulations to Stephanie and to all CHRISTUS nurses who keep on going. Despite all the things that seem against you. Thank you for all the healing and hope you give to those you serve.