EVERYONE was doing all right until suddenly, Covid-19 swept over the world: Everything changed.
For former beauty queen now cardiac telemetry nurse Reynaly Campos, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, her daily routine remains the same albeit a little longer these days because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Her day starts with a warm shower, followed by her favorite cup of coffee. She then leaves her place and heads to work, where she grabs another cup of Joe. Then she wears her personal protective equipment (PPE) gear, before printing her patient assignment and reading her patient’s chart. She then attends to her patients’ needs, joins a short huddle with her colleagues, then does nurse-to-nurse endorsements. After work hours, she changes back into her regular clothes, disinfects, drives home, takes a shower and sleeps. Repeat.
The 25-year-old Reynaly, or “Reyna” to her friends, had joined numerous beauty pageants in Cebu before settling down in the US (“Reyna” in English means “Queen”). She joined inter-school and inter-division beauty pageants and won titles such as Miss Milo Olympics, Miss CVIRAA, Miss Olive-C Campus Model, and Miss Nursing Ambassador 2016. She was also crowned Miss Teen Talisay 2010.
Fast-forward to June 2020, Reynaly recently graduated with a degree of Master’s of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner. Though the youngest in her class, she graduated with excellence, gaining an academic achievement award last month from the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She had been juggling work and school during the early days of the pandemic. Now she is now more focused on taking care of four to six patients per day, especially those identified as Covid-19 positive.
Reyna chose to be a nurse despite working for 12 hours straight because for her, “being a nurse is more than just a backbreaking job, it’s a profession that requires a lifetime commitment and compassion.”
Being a frontliner away from one’s country is hard, but Reyna is blessed to have her family with her in Las Vegas, and she works at the same hospital as her brother, Lyrey Yves, who is also a nurse and was crowned Mister Tourism and Culture Universe 2019.
“Having someone to talk to who is in the same situation gives me such relief. It reminds me that this is something temporary and that I am strong and should remain strong for the people that depend on me,” said Reyna.
Reyna knows what every medical field frontliner in the world feels right now: pain, anxiety, stress. Although she’s experienced these first-hand, she chooses to look on the bright side: “We are gifted with healing hands. Let’s use them to live a purposeful life.”
Reyna shared some tips on how she keeps herself protected during this time of crisis, and encourages everyone to do the same:
“I protect myself by first taking vitamins every day. Eating right. Having enough sleep. Second, I observe proper hand washing and the complete and proper wearing of PPE at work. I also wear my mask at all times.”
From wearing a crown to a nurse’s cap, Reyna remains a queen at heart and shared these lessons she’s learned when it comes to reaching her goals:
1. Stay away from people who don’t believe in you.
2. Take time to assess yourself.
3. Listen to people’s advice, but don’t let them tell you what to do.
4. Detach yourself from the people or situation that weakens your urge to persevere.