Jimmy Kimmel Live surprised U.S. Navy Reserve Nurse Lt. Rob Guerra, PACU Charge Nurse
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Lakewood Ranch, Florida – June 4, 2020 – On May 30, 2020, Jimmy Kimmel Live surprised U.S. Navy Reserve Lt. Rob Guerra, PACU Charge Nurse with a new Ford Motor Company truck and a PPE donation for the staff at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, CEO, Andy Guz, stated, “We are proud of Rob for assisting in New York City during the pandemic and we look forward to having him back at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.”
View the segment | http://latenightfeud.com/video/jimmy-kimmel-surprises-navy-nurse-with-new-truck/
Hear how COVID-19 affected our #HealthcareHero, Roberto Guerra, Charge Nurse, PACU.
“I am currently a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve Nurse Corp and was called up to be deployed to New York City on short notice. I was called on a Tuesday with orders for a nine-month deployment to aid New York with the vast amount of cases they were seeing. By Thursday of that same week I was already there. I left a wife and two daughters, one of which was only two months old at the time, at home with little time to prepare. Not knowing what to expect, and slightly concerned about whether they would have enough supplies to keep us safe or what the working conditions would be was my main focus. I was not even sure exactly where I would be or what my role was until my first day. Some of the sailors were sent to hospitals around New York and others were sent to the Javits Convention Center. I was sent to the Javits, which was basically an indoor field hospital that was built to care for well over 2000 civilians, all of whom, had COVID-19. Navy personnel worked alongside other medical professionals from the Army, Marines, National Guard, and civilian nurses. Initially, we spent 10-14 hours in personal protective equipment and were taking care of anywhere from 8-12 patients per nurse until more reinforcements arrived. Our days were long and exhausting, many of us working 6-12 days in a row with only one day off in between. Thankfully though, we would see a rapid decline in cases and found that we would never care for as many patients as initially was expected.
My experience throughout this unprecedented time has had a huge impact on me. I realize that as a nurse, you may be put in some of the most difficult and trying positions that one may ever encounter and you will have to find the strength from within to go on and perform your duties to help others. The support system that you have is what gets you through these tough times. My co-workers, many of them, chipped in and sent me the largest care package I could have ever imagined with food, drinks, and toiletries to last what I thought would be months. My wife, who was left with a newborn and a house to tend to while I was gone, along with online schooling for her and my oldest daughter, rocked it and showed strength and resilience. The residents of New York City, every day at 7pm, would open their windows and cheer, blow horns, and bang pots and pans, a simple gesture with an enormous impact that gave us the will to keep fighting another day. This, all coming around a week that is celebrated for nurses, is what makes being a nurse such a rewarding profession that I am thankful to be a part of.”