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Amy Espinosa, RN, Video Diary

Amy Espinosa,RN, filming reflections of her time serving during this three-week deployment at St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson in New Jersey.

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Day 1

Amy Espinosa, RN in the Emergency Department at St. Anthony North Hospital in Westminster, CO, talks about why she left her home and a young family to spend three weeks helping one of the hardest hit hospitals in the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Day 2

Amy Espinosa, RN, talks about the learning that took place on her first day caring for extremely ill patients in New Jersey during the COVID-19 pandemic and the intensity of emotion she experienced while caring for a dying patient in a situation where visitors cannot be allowed.

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Day 3

Amy Espinosa, RN, explains that she became an ER nurse in order to save lives, and the importance of nurses lifting each other up in the face of the demands placed on nursing staff as they battle an illness that is taking many, many lives.

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Day 4

Amy Espinosa, RN, talks about the devastating effects that the COVID-19 virus has on patients, especially on their lungs. She also shares how great it is to work at St. Joseph’s during this difficult time.

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Day 7

Amy shares how she misses her family very much and that as an ER nurse by trade, it’s hard work being deployed in the ICU—but she is happy to sacrifice her time and expertise for the greater good.

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Day 9

After coming off a very long shift, Amy shares what she witnessed today and how serious COVID-19 really is. She sees first-hand how it’s affecting many lives and families in New Jersey.

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Day 10

Amy Espinosa discusses the challenges of approaching families of COVID-19 patients in decline, the difficult decisions they must make and the rapid changes they must face in a short span of time.

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Day 12

Amy expresses how real the COVID-19 pandemic is as she serves patients on the front lines in New Jersey. She also encourages people to protect themselves and others, and come together during this challenging time.

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Day 13

Amy shares concerns about the devastation and tragic loss she has witnessed while caring for patients in New Jersey. She urges everyone to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus.

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Day 18

Amy’s Mission in New Jersey is concluding soon, and she reflects on her experience there and how honored she is to have been a part of this special trip.

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Day 20

Amy shares some final thoughts from the steps of St. Joseph’s Hospital in New Jersey, where she pursued her Mission bringing compassionate, whole person care to those who needed her most in the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Day 22

As she prepares to travel back to Colorado, Amy shares some final thoughts from the airport in New Jersey. Even though she has completed her Mission there, she is determined to find her next one and give back by providing whole person care to others.

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