As the pandemic of COVID-19 continues, many hospitals are in need of nurses and a Midlothian nurse has taken the opportunity to go to the frontlines and help in New York.

Midlothian resident, Anna Slayton, has been a nurse for more than 10 years in the Methodist Health System, graduating from Navarro College in 2011 as a registered nurse.

“Being a nurse is a multifaceted job. You have to balance critical thinking skills, time management, dosage calculations, customer service, emotional availability and support, and so many more,” Slaton explained. “As a nurse, it is our duty to advocate what is best for the patient and their wishes, not necessarily what family or even sometimes what the physician thinks. It takes a strong and confident nurse to be a truly effective advocate.”

Partnering with a company, Slayton took on an assignment to leave on April 15 and help the residents in New York for 21 days on a disaster relief job assignment. There were various factors that took place in her taking the opportunity.

“Several things occurred at once. My PRN job that I had just accepted a full time position at was starting to cut hours, ration supplies, and warning staff of what was to come. I had two positive cases at this job, so had already been exposed to taking care of COVID patients. I am thankful for this, as I was able to ease into understanding of the treatment plan and the disease process itself, “ Slayton shared.

Although Slaton is spending this time away from her husband and children, she is adamant to help the country at such a helpless time.

“I watched the breaking news at work as the USNS Comfort pulled into the New York City harbor. I knew that as a nurse and a mom, helping with this crisis may be the only time I could use my skills to serve my Country. I have a skillset that can be utilized, and I feel that it is my duty,” Slayton went on to share.

Slayton’s mother-in-law, Roberta Slayton says that she was a bit nervous about her leaving. “We were a little scared but she has been praying about it. Her and my son and everybody really prayed and she just had the calling that that was where she needed to help,” Roberta said. “She’s doing a wonderful sacrifice, to go and do that.”

As of April 16, there were 222,284 total positive cases of COVID-19 reported and 12,192 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in New York.

“We are here to provide relief to the citizens of New York City and the home-staff that is physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted from battling this crisis,” Slayton explained. “My current assignment is for 21 days, but I will extend as long as possible until I have to resume my studies in school this summer,” Slayton said.