A MN Home Care Nurse’s Journey: Shining in the Darkness
WE WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO
MEET SARAH PETERSON,
NURSE. WIFE. MOTHER. SUPERHERO.
COVID-19 has presented us with anxiety, anguish, and despair, but yet there are individuals like Sarah Peterson, RN, that find the strength to go above and beyond.
Sarah was a newly graduated RN when she started her career with us at Recover Health on our Sprout Pediatrics team. First, providing care in the homes of high acute trach/vent clients, then promoted to Clinical Mentor, helping bring kiddos home from the NICU/PICU. After two years, Sarah became a Clinical Manager helping train 100’s of Home Care Nurses and countless clients over the years.
Sarah is a nurse, CPR instructor, wife, mom, beauty consultant, caring neighbor within a Minneapolis inner-city community, and so much more to so many. Her caring spirit wanted to shine and make a difference in the darkness. That is the type of person that jumps on an empty Delta Airlines flight to don her PPE and enters a hospital system in New York City ready to save lives during COVID-19. She is living the Recover Health mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others and following her desire to serve.
When asked “why,” she said:
My decision to help out in New York was as simple as responding to a very crystal-clear call to go. Working from home during quarantine, I felt blessed and safe. At the same time, I had a bit of a feeling of “survivors guilt” as I followed the news, tracked the coronavirus, and watched as nurses were put the test. I thought there must be SOMETHING that I could do to help support all of our frontline workers where our nation was hit the most in New York: I thought of sending care packages, writing letters of encouragement, etc. Never would I have even remotely thought that I would ACTUALLY have the opportunity to serve directly in such a tangible way...but if there is a will, there is a way.
As days passed by, I couldn’t kick this feeling of needing to do something. It was in the back of my mind, and I most certainly weighed the pros and cons of going (if I did stumble upon an opportunity). I have two young kids and a husband, and I would never want to jeopardize their health or anyone I would come into contact with. Then popped up an opportunity through a staffing agency (contracted through FEMA) to help out in NY, and I decided to jump right on into this opportunity. From seeing the social media posts, it appeared that this was a hot ticket opportunity as thousands of people have tried calling thousands of times over several days/weeks of enrollment. It seemed like a long shot. It must have been God-ordained as I got in with precisely 200 phone calls. Within 10 minutes, the recruiter said: “Welcome to the New York Team.”
I was super excited, nervous, and full of emotions. Due to strict no visitor policies, I couldn’t help picture someone’s grandma or parent dying in a cold hospital room alone without their family and friends by their side while taking their last breaths; I didn’t want to see that happen and it inspired me to jump in as fast as I did. The call to nursing is an amazing gift that allows us to be a part of people’s lives in the times they are most vulnerable. I thought if I could just help one person in their medical or life journey, that would be enough and make all of the sacrifices totally worth it—just one life.
Thank you, Sarah Peterson, RN – Minnesota Home Care Nurse, for helping so many yesterday, today and tomorrow. Your life’s journey is inspiring.