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Although nursing can be one of the most fulfilling jobs in the world, the hard work and long hours that come with it call for powerful support even at the best of times. During the COVID-19 pandemic, fear, uncertainty, and social distancing make the job especially stressful. But, when things are hard, people like Nurse of the Week Lori Marie Kay show up to help recharge our spiritual batteries.
Lift Up Your Voice and Sing
As nursing staff at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan prepared for another grueling 12-hour shift, Detroit RN Lori Marie Kay drew upon her vocal gifts to help everyone chase away the COVID-19 blues. As can be seen in a Facebook post that quickly went viral, 28-year old Lori Marie electrified her co-workers by belting out an inspiring rendition of “Amazing Grace.”
During her shifts on a surgical ward that has been converted to treat COVID-19 patients, Lori Marie also raises the spirits of patients under her care, offering comfort in the form of bedside prayers. “Right now, we need prayer more than ever,” she told Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts. After inviting Lori Marie on GMA to share a few bars live, the morning show host saluted her gifts and compassion. In addition, GMA, continuing the trend of feeding frontline workers, treated the St. Mary Mercy staff to a free dinner at an Ypsilanti restaurant. As Roberts put it, “You feed our soul, so we’re gonna feed you!”
Lori Marie’s performance was captured on video in a Facebook post that has been viewed over 100,000 times:
Follow the link to see Lori Marie Kay’s Good Morning America spot (at 1.30 on video).
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