Marathon Bombings Bend, But Don't Break Nurses

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media , May 7, 2013

Reaching Out to Families
Tufts Medical Center ICU nurse Stephen Segatore was volunteering in the marathon's medical tent when the bombs went off, and swiftly went to action caring for the victims, including one of the three people who died.

Segatore performed CPR on her for 10 minutes and told her he was a nurse and would take care of her, even though he knew she probably couldn't hear him, he tells CNN. Now he's reaching out to that victim's parents to let them know that their daughter didn't die alone.

Spontaneously Forming Trauma Teams
At Brigham and Women's Hospital, nurses "began mobilizing as soon as [they] saw the news flash onto a television screen," according to The New Yorker. Although the nurses were scheduled to change shifts at 3:00—ten minutes before the bombings occurred—no one left.

The nurses readied operating rooms, halted scheduled surgeries, ordered equipment, and coordinated with blood banks. Nurses and doctors were ready for patients as they arrived, spontaneously breaking into trauma teams to care for the wounded.

Five and a half hours after the bombing, my friend emerged from her shift, exhausted and scared. But despite her own feelings, she didn't run, didn't cry, didn't panic. She put her head down and worked.

I'm so proud of my friend—my brave, brave friend. May every week be Nurses Week.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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