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Year of the Nurse Feature: Kendra Elford, RN

As 2020 has been declared Year of the Nurse by the World Health Organization, we would like to take this time to focus on our great nursing staff. They are arguably the most important people in the organization, whether they think so or not. We appreciate the sacrifices they make to take care of us and our loved ones. From working nights and holidays, to being on call and making home visits- they do it all with integrity and courage. They are selfless, caring, innovative, fierce, and much more than we have time to describe. So, nurses, thank you. You do what others cannot, we appreciate you.

With that, BBGH would like to share with you, our community, a little bit more about our nurses; who they are and why they do what they do.

Meet Kendra Elford. The railroad brought her family to Alliance when she was 10 months old. When she started working as a nurse, she remembered thinking to herself, “What are you doing? Can you really do this?” and although she felt this way all through LPN school, she realized once she started working that she made the right choice.

She said, “I love my job. I love talking to the patients and helping them reach their goals. There are new things to learn every day, and the days are always different, I love meeting new people and being able to help patients in need.”

When Kendra isn’t helping patients, she enjoys camping, swimming, listening to music, reading, and hanging out with her boys and dogs.

Florence Nightingale, popularly known as the ‘founder of modern nursing’ mentioned in her personal diary in the 1870s, “It will be 150 years to see the kind of nursing I envision.” We hope to continue her vision, 150 years later and 150 years from now. Kendra said, “I would like to see more nurses enter the field, better staff to patient ratios, and continuing to take care of patients and learning every day.”

As 2020 continues, keep your nurses in mind. They have families, hobbies, and feelings just like the rest of us. The main difference is they are courageous enough to do what we cannot, or choose not, to do.