A MN Home Care Nurse's Journey: Shining in the Darkness
WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO
MEET SARAH PETERSON,
NURSE. WIFE. MOTHER. SUPERHERO.
COVID-19 has presented us with anxiety, anguish, and despair, but yet there are individuals like Sarah Peterson, RN, that find the strength to go above and beyond.
Sarah was a newly graduated RN when she started her career at Recover Health on the Sprout Pediatrics team. First, providing care in the homes of high acute trach/vent clients, then promoted to Clinical Mentor, helping bring kiddos home from the NICU/PICU. After two years, Sarah became a Clinical Manager helping train 100’s of Home Care Nurses and countless clients over the years.
Sarah is a nurse, CPR instructor, wife, mom, beauty consultant, caring neighbor within a Minneapolis inner-city community, and so much more to so many. Her caring spirit wanted to shine and make a difference in the darkness. That is the type of person that jumps on an empty Delta Airlines flight to don her PPE and enters a hospital system in New York City ready to save lives during COVID-19. She is living the Recover Care and Recover Health mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others and following her desire to serve.
When asked “why,” she said:
My decision to help out in New York was as simple as responding to a very crystal-clear call to go. Working from home during quarantine, I felt blessed and safe. At the same time, I had a bit of a feeling of “survivors guilt” as I followed the news, tracked the coronavirus, and watched as nurses were put the test. I thought there must be SOMETHING that I could do to help support all of our frontline workers where our nation was hit the most in New York: I thought of sending care packages, writing letters of encouragement, etc. Never would I have even remotely thought that I would ACTUALLY have the opportunity to serve directly in such a tangible way...but if there is a will, there is a way.
As days passed by, I couldn’t kick this feeling of needing to do something. It was in the back of my mind, and I most certainly weighed the pros and cons of going (if I did stumble upon an opportunity). I have two young kids and a husband, and I would never want to jeopardize their health or anyone I would come into contact with. Then popped up an opportunity through a staffing agency (contracted through FEMA) to help out in NY, and I decided to jump right on into this opportunity. From seeing the social media posts, it appeared that this was a hot ticket opportunity as thousands of people have tried calling thousands of times over several days/weeks of enrollment. It seemed like a long shot. It must have been God-ordained as I got in with precisely 200 phone calls. Within 10 minutes, the recruiter said: “Welcome to the New York Team.”