We are THANKFUL for YOU.
The healthcare field continuously shows amazing strength and dedication to caring for their patients, communities, and nation. We are thankful for all caregivers and their sacrifices, dedication, and willingness to fight for us.
This November, we decided to give away 25 care packages to our amazing healthcare workers to show just how thankful we are for YOU. Entrants were asked to nominate an amazing healthcare worker they know (or themselves because you all are amazing) through an online form.
After receiving more than 1,200 entries, we've randomly chosen 25 winners and included their nominations below:
"Thankful for my time with those I take care of. In long-term care during this pandemic residents are not getting to visit with their families in conventional ways. In a lot of ways, we are their family. Our time with them is valuable and so rewarding. It gets hard being a nurse in regular everyday life, but it adds a whole new level of stress, worry, and doubt during a pandemic. We have to stay strong not only for ourselves but those that rely on us to take care of them and keep them safe daily. I think all healthcare workers deserve a little something to lift our spirits and let us know that society cares and appreciates all that we do."
- Kendra B.
"I nominate this man right he has been working two jobs as a nurse assistant through this COVID pandemic taking care of the sick and always putting other people before him he is very selfless and will go out of his way to make a patient comfortable."
- Edgar G.
"I nominate @loveandlightm for the scrubs giveaway contest. She is a hardworking, dedicated woman who has had to make it through some tough times to get to where she is today. As a PA, she takes her time with her patients and cares for all of their concerns. She is a beacon of strength and wisdom who helps keep me going."
- Cadeara L.
"This is my husband Brandon. We met in nursing school 11 years ago. He is a registered nurse/charge nurse in IMCU. He is extremely hardworking, knowledgeable and compassionate. He never complains about being understaffed, overworked or worn out. He is a positive person and always makes the best of any situation. He has been working hard taking care of COVID patients since this pandemic started. His unit has seen a lot of loss from COVID and I know the stress has taken a toll on him. He is currently on day 4 out of 5 in his work week and spent Thanksgiving taking care of the ones in need without a single complaint. He truly is a blessing to us but also to his patients. I love hearing about the great care he provides and the patient compliments he has received over the years. He never brags about himself even when he should. I'll never forget a meeting I was in with our hospital CNO a couple of years ago who was going over the daily praise in our morning huddle... she looked at me and said that todayâ€™s praise was about Brandon Maly (my husband). I had no clue that he had responded to a co-worker yelling for help, pulled a choking patient out of bed and did the Heimlich maneuver and saved the gentlemanâ€™s life. This is the type of person and nurse he is, he gives 100% in everything he does and never expects praise. He is so selfless and my son and I are so proud of the nurse, daddy and husband he is."
- Lindsey M.
"Kim V. is an amazing technician. In all of the years I've known her, she has sought out new knowledge to improve herself as a person and veterinary professional. She has never waivered in her compassion and love for any animals that cross her path. She is my role model in every way and deserves everything this field and life, in general, has to offer her."
- Angel V.
"This is my sister Amanda M. She is one of the most caring and selfless people I know. She is an incredible nurse and boss to her staff. She has worked so hard to get where she is at today from school, travel nursing across the US, and long hospital hours during COVID taking care of sick people directly infected. She then comes home after long hours and cares for her 3 kids with her amazing husband. She is always there no matter what for those who need her. She loves her job and I know she wouldn't trade it for anything."
- Christina A.
"I'm thankful for my beautiful wife. My wife has been putting her life on the line ever since this pandemic has unfolded. She currently works full-time during the week, helping out with the screening of patients and employees. And when she's off on weekends she works at the covid-19 testing sites. My wife is my hero, who always put others before herself."
- Royce S.
"I am going to be that person. I am nominating myself. I am a senior technician at only 23 years old. I am also working through a global pandemic at 33 weeks pregnant. I have worked my butt off to prove that my age has no reflection on my capabilities and my pregnancy is just that extra motivation needed to keep pushing forward."
- Victoria D.
"I'm thankful that I am able to make a difference in the lives of my patients by giving my best care to them most especially in these times of pandemic."
- Jon D.
"I am thankful for my gift to be able to help people. During a time like this, I am grateful to have been given the proper equipment at work to provide the best care possible. Although I am very cautious, I am not going to let the Covid-19 virus deter me from help and caring for those in need."
- Latoria W.
"Myself for surviving this pandemic working as an EMT, and mortuary worker. Serving in the epicenter NYC in the heart of the pandemic is something I'll never forget and something that will both haunt me and fulfill me for the rest of my life."
- Brianna A.
"I nominate myself because I am so thankful that I am a part of the health care field and have the opportunity to change lives."
- Gina D.
"I have been a nurse in the covid unit since this pandemic started. I'm a new nurse I just graduated in April 2020. I am so grateful to be a nurse and to help others in this time of need regardless of the situation. I work with Covid patients and some are on vents. I'm hardworking and work all I can whenever they need me. Nothing is better than holding the hand of someone who is ill and being their only smile or hope for the day it feels amazing to be able to have such a rewarding career. I nominate myself. I believe I really do deserve this."
- Danielle M.
"I'm thankful to have the opportunity to serve the community and help others the way I would want my family to be treated. Some days are trying but it's all worth it at the end of the day."
- Lindsay T.
"I am beyond thankful and grateful for my boyfriend, Subin, for devoting countless hours to his work as a dialysis nurse, especially at this time! With the pandemic, his unit has seen a rise in Covid patients and emergency ICU Covid patients. His team is short-staffed, and Subin has been working nonstop with a smile on his face! I would love for him to win this giveaway to show him that he deserves to be pampered and appreciated! He is the most selfless, loving, and enthusiastic nurse I have ever met!"
- Michelle S.
"I am thankful for myself, Hannah M. For the past 9 months, I worked as an ICU nurse mainly taking care of covid-19 patients. After 9 long months, although I loved the ICU and my job, covid-19 caused me to make a career change. I could no longer deal with the mental and emotional strains that come with caring for covid patients and their families every day. I now work at a hospital taking care of chronically critically ill patients such as covid patients who are in recovery. Working with these patients doing very extensive rehab for weeks and potentially months, to then see them walk again and eventually go home has been an incredible experience. I don't think nursing will ever be the same after this pandemic but I am still so grateful to be a part of these patient's stories."
- Hannah M.
"I am nominating myself. I enjoy being a nurse. I always wanted to be in the medical profession. I get satisfaction knowing I am and can help people. I have been a nurse for 15 years and have enjoyed every moment. I currently work in pediatrics. Helping children is very rewarding to me. It also helps expand my nursing knowledge."
- Kaitlin S.
"Thankful for choosing this path in my career. Helping animals bring me joy but also seeing their owners so thankful for treating their animals gives me 2 reasons why I love my career. I don't only help animals, I help their owners too."
- Yeisly C.
"I am currently a medical scribe in the ER. Working during a pandemic was nothing I had ever expected. However, helping providers diagnose patients and easing their pain/concerns has been one of my highlights this year. I am so thankful to have ER physicians as mentors to guide me in my position where I can continuously learn how to improve the quality of patient care and being a part of helping patients meet their health goals. My ER physicians have shown me how selfless medicine could be."
- Amy N.
"Latonia is a clinical pharmacist, working at 2 separate hospitals to help during this COVID-19 time. She is extremely dedicated and hardworking and working more than 40 hours a week right now on weekends as well. She is providing medications to hospitalized COVID positive patients and assisting nurses and physicians. On top of that, she is following up with COVID positive patients on weekdays to ensure they are improving and not deteriorating. Her patients are extremely appreciative and she has helped so many of them in so many ways. This would make her day!"
- Dr. M. Le
"I am thankful for my parents, my teachers, and the patients I have had the pleasure of taking care of. Through them, I have learned and continue to learn what it means to not only be an excellent physician and medical student, but also a compassionate and empathetic human being."
- Arif M.
"I have been a NICU RN for 27 years at the same hospital that I was born at. I am lucky enough to care for tiny humans and help them to get better. Itâ€™s not for the faint of heart, and takes patience, compassion, skill, and empathy. Life is too short to not love what you do."
- Stacey G.
"Shameless self-nomination for the #landaugivesback giveaway. After trying to choose just *one other* person to nominate, I didn't want to pick. So many healthcare professionals around me have helped me to develop into the nurse I am today, so this is a shoutout to all of them.
There's no way I can make an all-inclusive list, but here are some highlights: There's @jeffersonn.barr who talked me through things all the way back when I started nursing school. @roseyposey65 gave me confidence that I can do whatever I put my mind to. @margmonterrey showed me innumerable skills and demonstrated real-world holistic nursing. She showed me what grace looks like as a nurse (a bag of Hot Cheetos really helps). @__cheechee showed me how to be a patient advocate and how details count. Auntie @hena__saa showed me how to be efficient and firm. @maeri2891 showed me how to find humor when things get hard. @daisy4dodgers showed me that it's okay to ask questions when I'm uncertain.
There are many other people I can name, but for the sake of brevity (and Instagram's tag limit), thank you to all the healthcare professionals who have and continue to make me a better nurse."
- Sean M.
"I'm thankful for my husband. He's a third-year medical student and I'm a first-year medical student. We both started volunteering at this free clinic during pre-med and have been there for over 3 years now. COVID has made things different, but I'm so thankful for the opportunity to volunteer with my husband and to help provide healthcare to those who really need it."
- Caroline W.
"Myself !! I've been working so hard this semester working in the hospital and studying for nursing school!"
- Clarissa M.
You are all truly amazing.
To all of those who nominated an amazing healthcare worker, we were moved by your nominations and are so thankful for each and every one of you. While the nominations were abundant, one fact rings true, you are ALL amazing and we are BEYOND thankful to be able to serve you.