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Las Vegas honors local nurses on National Nurses Day

Posted at 10:30 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 11:44:43-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — May 6 is National Nurses Day, and plenty of people were showing their appreciation for the healthcare professionals' hard work and dedication during the pandemic in the Las Vegas valley.

At Summerlin Hospital, nurses received several donations, including 100 meals from Lola's Summerlin restaurant and 400 masks from the Las Vegas Fashion Council Mask Task Force.

Workers told 13 Action News that the donations were a much-needed gesture during this difficult time.

For Jessica Simmons, a registered nurse at the hospital, the support on Wednesday was overwhelming.

"I'm so happy that our community has stood behind us during everything and that they're willing to donate not only their time but their energy and their kindness to us to make masks and give us foo," Simmons said.

As a nurse, she also said she knows how a little detail can make a big difference as she sees with her patients.

"It means a lot that they can talk to us and let us know what their concerns are, and they provide everything that our patients need," Simmons said.

It's not only during their long work hours that nurses are helping the community. Nurses from the Clark County School District have also been donating their time to hospital nurses and families in need.

Christine Forsberg, a health school services coordinator with CCSD, shared that school nurses have been busy helping test for COVID-19 - delivering food to area hospitals and helping with immunizations.

"Being part of a medical team, you understand what these people are dealing with or facing, and you're just trying to be supportive," said CCSD nurse Sharrisa McGlynn.