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'Behind the Mask' project highlights nurses at hospitals in Palm Beach County

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Posted at 6:38 AM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 06:38:59-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Our community is shedding light on nurses working at local hospitals during a pandemic. It's called "Behind the Mask" and aims to profile nurses at hospitals associated with the Palm Beach Health Network.

Cindy Murray, a labor and delivery nurse at West Boca Medical Center, is one of the nurses profiled for the excellent work she is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Selfless doesn't even begin to describe her actions.

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"I did have a patient, who was positive, and she wasn't able to have anybody with her, and she's like, 'You're going to have to be my best friend.' I said, 'Of course, that's what I am here for. I am going to be with you every step of the way,'" Murray said.

Courtney Watson-Walke, a nurse at Good Samaritan Medical Center, now works in a coronavirus unit at the hospital.

"This has been probably the most challenging time of my career, and I only hope that it gets better," Watson-Walke said. "We've become the COVID unit."

The nurses profiled have been on the front lines in the fight against the virus.

"I've been a nurse for 43 years, and this is probably the most challenging period of nursing that I think I've ever had," said Penny Blake, a pediatric nurse at Palm Beach Children's Hospital. "I nursed during the AIDS epidemic, H1N1, but this has probably taken the biggest emotional toll, I think, on nurses."

Now they're asking for the public's help.

"I just want to stress for everyone to wear their mask," said Watson-Walke.

"If everyone in the community would work together to try to beat this, then we could get through it a lot faster," said Blake.

To check out the stories from the project, visit the following Facebook page: