ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – As hospitals in West Texas come together to celebrate nurses during ‘ER Nurse Appreciation Week’ Leo Lozano and Brytanni Graig are reminiscing on when they first decided to pursue this career.
Leo Lozano, an MCH ER Charge Nurse said, “When I was there the first day of clinicians working with patients I knew right away that is where I needed to be; working in the Hospital with patient care.”
“I always wanted to be a nurse and when I went to the ER I fell in love with it,” said Bryttani Graig, another Charge Nurse at MCH.
Graig, whose parents are in the medical field, always thought she would be a nurse in the NICU but once she got a taste of the fast-paced world of ER patient care she was hooked.
“I really liked the fast pace, you never know what’s coming in through the door so you are just on your toes the entire shift,” she said.
Lozano said the fast pace caught his attention right away but the best part of the job is helping people when they’re at their worst get better.
“The best part is definitely being able to see someone come in who is very sick, or critical or any trauma, and being able to get them quickly stabilized and seeing their outcome,” he said.
While these victories keep them going each loss is always difficult to see.
According to Graig, “We do see happy endings in the ER and that’s awesome but we also see the opposite and it’s hard. We’re human, we do our job and we try and do the best that we can but at the end of the day it still hurts us sometimes so that is always hard.”
Both of them say they appreciate their management for all of the support and the community for reaching out during these difficult times as a frontline worker.