Nurse wins magazine’s Finest Hour Award
by Samantha Galvez-Montiel
Nov 10, 2020 | 705 views | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Elizabeth Farrat, a nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center and a Queens resident, was recently announced as the winner of CURE magazine’s 2020 The Finest Hour award, which recognizes the selfless achievements of an extraordinary nurse working to provide care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is a privilege to be recognized for something that I love,” said Farrat. “It is a blessing to know that in a dark time I could be a source of light.”

Farrat has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and certification in Critical Care Knowledge.

When the pandemic hit back in March, Farrat had to prepare other nurses for critical care when the hospital surpassed their bed capacity.

“I taught how to care for patients that were dying,” she said. “I taught these nurses that before intubating a patient, you need to call their family and let them speak with their loved ones because it may be the last time they hear their voice.

“During the height of COVID-19, it was very hard to keep patients connected to their families because they were not allowed to enter the hospital,” Farrat added. “I made a point to practice and teach empathy and tried very hard to make time to call family members as much as possible to maintain that connection.”

Farrat helped her coworkers in more ways than ust sharing her valuable knowledge.

“I also opened my home to my colleague who needed a place to live so that she too could keep her family safe while caring for COVID-19 patients,” Farrat added. “On my days off I made meals for my neighbors in need who were sick with the virus and had lost income.”

Farrat is not only a nurse, but a wife, mother, and teacher.

“I find myself collapsing at the end of the day because I am so tired, but I am thankful my family is safe and healthy and I have many jobs that I love,” she said.
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