Nurses on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic

A nurse gestures from inside the hospital as others hold a demonstration outside Jacobi Medical Center to protest a new policy by the hospital requiring a doctor's note for paid sick leave, in the Bronx borough of New York, April 17, 2020.

In this March 30, 2020 photo provided by Chief Nurse Anesthetist Nicole Hubbard, nurses Mindy Brock and Ben Cayer, wearing protective equipment, hold each other and look into each other's eyes, in Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla. "Everybody's talking about the photo," says Cayer, 46. It strikes a chord "because we're all going through the same thing right now and it's a symbol of hope and love." Brock, 38, adds: "What's important is that we stick together, we work together, and we always support each other. And not just Ben and I, but the human race right now."

Nurses and medical workers react as police officers and pedestrians cheer them outside Lenox Hill Hospital, April 15, 2020, in New York.

DCH Regional Medical Center opened a drive through testing facility for the Covid-19 virus Monday, March 16, 2020. Nurses seal up a saliva sample to forward to the lab for testing on March 16, 2020 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

A nurse cleans a patient with COVID-19 on a ventilator at a Stamford Hospital Intensive Care Unit on April 24, 2020 in Stamford, Conn. The hospital opened additional ICUs to deal the the vast number of people suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, and roughly half of the patients at the hospital are COVID-19 positive.

FoundCare registered nurse Gina Kinsey prepares to test people for COVID-19 at their drive-thru coronavirus testing station in Palm Springs, Fla. on March 19, 2020.

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic nurse supervisor Diana Gingrow, right, and nurse practitioner Caleb Kent, administer COVID-19 test at the Murfreesboro Medical Clinic drive-thru site on March 27, 2020, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

A nurse demonstrating in support of stay-at-home orders is surrounded by demonstrators against Gov. Tony Evers' restrictions on daily life due to the corona virus pandemic, April 24, 2020 at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. Three separate groups converged on Capitol Square to push Evers to reopen the state despite the Capitol Police denying a permit for a estimated crowd of 1,000 people.

A nurse at a drive-thru location in Omaha, Neb., holds a swab as she reaches into a car to administer the test for the coronavirus, May 4, 2020. Nebraska is ramping up testing for the virus as part of the TestNebraska initiative.

Vanderbilt Medical Center nurse practioners Shannon Ellrich and Kathleen Donais took on the challenge of creating COVID-19 testing sites out of thin air in a hospital parking deck and a tent in south Nashville on Dayton Avenue in south Nashville. Photographed Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.

Registered Nurses, members of National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union of RNs in the country, protest in front of the White House on April 21, 2020 to call attention to the tens of thousands of health care workers nationwide who have become infected with COVID-19 due to lack of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Registered medical assistant Lauiesha Plummer, right, helps licensed practical nurse Lenora Shepard put on her protective equipment while working at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site, April 16, 2020, in St. Louis.

Nurses react as community members applaud them on April 30, 2020 at NYU Langone Hospital in New York City. Every night, at 7pm, medical workers take a break as the community shows their appreciation.

Nurses in the Intensive Care Unit of MedStar St. Mary's Hospital don personal protective equipment before entering a coronavirus patient's room April 8, 2020 in Leonardtown, Md.. MedStar St. Marys Hospital is located near the greater Washington, DC area in St. Marys county, Maryland.

Catherine Hopkins, a nurse practitioner at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Yonkers, N.Y. on April 22, 2020. Hopkins, whose regular job at the hospital involves community outreach and school health, has been pressed into duty in other areas of the hospital due to the coronavirus pandemic. She now splits her time between the screening tent, the emergency room, and filling in as nursing supervisor for the entire hospital.

Nurses Julia Bevilaqua, left, and Natalie Mendoza embrace after a nightly 7 p.m. applause for medical personnel during the coronavirus pandemic, April 28, 2020, outside NYU Langone Medical Center in the Manhattan borough of New York.

Nurse Celene Eldrich, left, a volunteer nurse for CAHOOTS waits to screen guests for health concerns at the Egan Warming Center's Springfield, Ore. location on March 16, 2020.

Nurses stand in counter-protest during a demonstration against stay-at-home orders due to coronavirus concerns, at the State House, April 25, 2020, in Providence, R.I.

Public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth conducts a test for COVID-19 outside of the Salt Lake City Public Health Center, accompanied by Salt Lake County infectious disease nurse Travis Langston on April 10, 2020.

Christine MacNeil puts on supplies she will use to limit her exposure to the coronavirus at her home in Pine Plains, N.Y. on March 18, 2020. MacNeil is a registered nurse with the Dutchess County Medical Reserve Corps.

Nurse Alisha Disbennett poses for a photo at a window inside The Inn at Chapel Grove, in Heath, Ohio on March 17, 2020. Disbennett, along with her fellow staff, have all decided to go on lockdown with the residents, essentially moving into the residence. They made this decision to keep from inadvertently bringing the coronavirus into the building and infecting residents who are the most vulnerable population to this virus. Disbennett has two children who are remaining at home in the care of their father.

Nurses from around the country arrive and are welcomed by the staff nurses and administrators by being clapped in to help treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients at the Long Island Nursing Institute on April 14, 2020 in New Hyde Park, N.Y..

Nurse Hannah Sutherland, dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) awaits new patients at a drive-thru coronavirus testing station at Cummings Park on March 23, 2020 in Stamford, Conn.

Lori Glazer of Ossining, NY, rides the empty local 7:14 a.m. Metro-North train in to New York City during the morning rush hour March 25, 2020. Glazer in a registered nurse in the Children's Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She says that riding the empty trains is surreal during the COVID-19 pandemic and that it's scary going into the city because "you never know when you're going to get sick."

Laurie Kuypers, a registered nurse, reaches into a car to take a nasopharyngeal swab from a patient at a drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients in Seattle on March 17, 2020.


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