Kiwi nurse and social media influencer, Franz Arevalo (@thenattynurse) has used his online platform for good by securing various products to help support nurses on the frontline of Covid-19 testing.
Arevalo ran a COVID-19 funded clinical base assessment unit for 10 weeks with a team of nurses from around the city. “I felt that they needed appreciation for their bravery and dedication and I was in a position where I can help serve other people through my social media,” he says. “I wanted to inspire the nurses I worked with and encourage them, and acknowledge the sacrifices they were making every day to combat this pandemic.”
Arevalo has secured food for his colleagues from several restaurant chains and over $3,000 of bedding products from Ecosa NZ to help medical teams get some much needed rest.
Emma Edwards spokesperson for Ecosa NZ says the company was more than happy to make a donation to thank New Zealand nurses their incredible work. “We are so grateful for the way nurses have tirelessly worked to help combat COVID-19 often putting themselves and their own health at risk for the sake of their patients,” she says.
While these donations certainly help nurses get some much needed food and rest between shifts, Arevalo isn’t done just yet. He is planning to continue to promote the fantastic work of his nursing colleagues and hopes the Government will also recognise their contribution during the pandemic by waiving student loans.
“For nurses this is our season, and we have been able to show people how capable we are and what we can do,” he says.