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Erin Keister column: Nurses are caring today to create healthier tomorrows

During the early part of my career, as a bedside nurse at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg, there were many times my nursing colleagues and mentors would see things in me that I could not see for myself. In the midst of challenging times, it is easy to lose sight of the difference we make as nurses. As we move forward and learn to live with the newest phases of COVID-19, nurses still are bearing emotional wounds from the past two years.

To all nurses still working long shifts in enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE) — who endured extended isolation from family and friends, and who worried for so long about carrying a scary virus home to their loved ones — you are seen, you are heard and you are making a difference. The health care landscape has shifted, but it hasn’t changed your ability to lead, motivate, heal and care for patients.

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Since 1991, Loudoun Hunger Relief has been a leading non-profit providing food assistance to the residents of Loudoun County, ensuring access to nutritious foods for families in need.


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The Fairfax County Public Schools Health and Medical Sciences and the Claude Moore Scholars in partnership with Inova Health System are preparing students by putting their medical skills to test by simulating full-scale mock disasters.


Jeff Rivera

Claude Moore Scholar – Jeff Rivera is a recent graduate at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, majoring in Radiation Sciences and graduating in May 2019. Jeff’s concentration within his major was Radiography, with a sub-specialization in Cardiac Catheterization for heart imaging.


Lexi Multi

Claude Moore Scholar – Lexi prepared for a healthcare career by majoring in Radiation Services at Virginia Commonwealth University, with a concentration in Radiography and a sub-specialization in Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning.