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'I am so proud to serving along the sides with you.' Nurse cheers on her coworkers during Nurse Appreciation Week

Posted at 5:17 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 18:30:02-04

Nurses around the world are risking their lives right now to save others and this week is Nurse Appreciation Week, so 25 News wanted to highlight one of our local heroes from Baylor Scott and White.

Brooke Taylor is an ICU nurse at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Temple and has been treating some of the patients in critical condition that are not COVID –19 positive.

She has been on light duty as she recovers from an injury, but she spends every day taking care of people with the same heart and compassion that earned the hospital’s Daisy award back in November of last year.

Brooke said she decided to become a nurse after shadowing one while getting her CNA license in high school. Adding, “I just loved the patient contact that they had. They saw their patients constantly. They were the eyes and ears looking out for them and I just wanted to have that same opportunity.”

Brooke has not been on the front lines treating COVID-19 patients, but she does have a message for all the nurses out there.

“Y’all are awesome and I am so proud to serving along the sides with you. Keep doing what you're doing and don't forget why you became a nurse,” she said.

She said she loves her patients, but above all she cherishes the family like bond she has built with her coworkers.

Nurses give their all to patients and that is no different for Brooke, but she said that she also learns a lot from them. Brooke shared a story of a patient that she will never forget with us.

Watch her story here:

Nurse shares patient story during Nurse Appreciation Week