Andrea Alerre

Andrea Alerre

Andrea Alerre, RN

Spartanburg Medical Center
Spartanburg, South Carolina
United States
Andrea bought brand new shoes, several pairs of underwear, shirts, a jacket that turns into a pillow, shaving cream, razors, powder, deodorant, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, socks, and a hiking backpack to keep all of these items inside.

I am happy to be sharing this experience about a nurse on our unit. She works the night shift and during this week she worked five days in a row, not once complaining about the amount of time she worked. I was able to witness her exceptional act of compassion for one of her patients. We had a patient on our unit who was very sick and homeless, he needed help with obviously limited resources. This nurse took it upon herself to take this patient's only clothing and wash it. She bought (without asking anyone for extra funds) brand new shoes, several pairs of underwear, shirts, a jacket that turns into a pillow, shaving cream, razors, powder, deodorant, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, socks, and a hiking backpack to keep all of these items inside. She and the patient listened to music together and they bonded. Seeing people strive for what I take for granted reminds me that we are all humans with the same desires willing to help, be helped, and try to live a comfortable life as best as we can with what we have. This was such an impactful and loving act of kindness that it should not be unnoticed. I hope and pray that all nurses exemplify this approach and conduct in such a way as this nurse has.