For frontline workers, high stress situations are often a part of the job. Open heart certified surgical technologist Noreen Vargas faces those situations regularly to assist in saving lives at her hospital in Henderson, Nevada. When the pandemic prompted the cancellation of all elective surgeries, Vargas’s role in the hospital transitioned to the COVID frontline. “I worked the intermediate medical care floor helping the nurses and CNAs get out of their PPE after going into COVID positive patient rooms,” she shared. “There has been a huge lack of personal protective equipment all over the country. Since medical workers had to reuse their gowns and N95 masks, people from the operating room help them out of their PPE so they can avoid damaging it and to reuse it the next time they enter a COVID room.” For Vargas, COVID brought on immense uncertainty and a season of change. Her shifts switched from days to nights. She and her husband, who works as a pastor for the Nevada-Utah Conference, launched into online streaming and creating virtual connecting opportunities for church members. Vargas started Sabbath evening youth programs among other activities. She was also able to spend more time with her son. Though it has been a difficult season, Vargas is quick to identify the positives in her situation. “We have to see the blessing behind everything,” she shared.
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