Gamma Eta is committed to making sure our sisterhood stays safe and recognize sisters on the frontlines working to help those in need. We’ll be featuring sisters who are dealing with the pandemic firsthand as we honor their service to our society. 

Jocelyn “Ilaria” Centeno
Fall 2013 Mu Class, Gamma Chapter
Registered Nurse in Rogers, Arkansas 

“I never realized the truth in the saying of ‘every day is an uphill battle’ until this year.

As nurses we are trained from the start to expect the unexpected. There is always something around the corner and no matter how well you plan it, everything can change fast and go downhill quick.

When the COVID-19 outbreak first started, we truly had no idea the immensity and importance of being both professionally and personally flexible and adaptable. Knowing that you aren’t just putting yourself at risk but also your loved ones is an everyday worry. Running out of gear such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), medical equipment and other supplies is an everyday worry that many hospitals and healthcare facilities face across the country. One miscalculation can cause a dozen their health and well-being. There are always fears and sometimes even doubts but the fact of the matter is that we are all in this together, all human beings— united.

We are the heroes out in the battlefield fighting a common unknown enemy with caring, compassionate hearts, knowledgeable, quick-witted minds and loving, gentle hands. We are the strong, we are the brave, we are the healthcare providers, we are the essential, we are the frontline, we are the thousands and thousands of CNA’s, Doctors, and Nurses here to stay and fight. 2020 is definitely the year of the Nurse! 

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