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What Does It Mean to Be a Nurse?

To many nurses, being a nurse feels like a calling. And never has that calling been more evident than during these unprecedented times. On this year's National Nurses Week, Columbia Nursing faculty, students, and providers share why they chose the profession of nursing and what it means to be a nurse during this pandemic.

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Columbia Nursing Faculty

Assistant Professors Heidi Hahn-Shroeder, DNP, Jeanne Churchill, DNP, and Elizabeth Hall, DNP, and Instructor Lisa Iannacci-Manasia, MS, share why they decided to become nurses – and how this pandemic has affected their view of the profession.

What Does it Mean to Be a Nurse: Columbia Nursing Faculty

Alicia Genna

MDE student Alicia Genna shares her experience working in a COVID unit as her very first nursing job — and how she is comforting patients during a difficult time.

What Does it Mean to Be a Nurse: Alicia Genna

Ray Gannon

Brittany "Ray" Gannon, PhD, Assistant Professor and provider at our ColumbiaDoctors Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Group, shares what it means to be a nurse during the COVID pandemic.

What Does it Mean to Be a Nurse: Ray Gannon