‘I want to help people’: former Auburn student-athlete nurses fight on COVID front lines | #students | #parents

“The Midtown community claps and cheers every night at 8 p.m.,” she said. “It’s really cool to see the Atlanta community come together in a time like this when everything is so scary. It’s incredible.”

Ivey believes the renewed appreciation for her profession will prevent nurses from burning out.

“I think it will continue after this too, which is special,” she said. “It’s hard because patients can’t have their families there with them because we can’t have any visitors, so we’re kind of their family and support system right now, too, so they’ve been really thankful.” 

Drawing on some of the skills they developed as student-athletes, Ivey and Arrington are fighting on the front lines of a global conflict.

“Nursing, it’s almost all teamwork,” Ivey said. “Especially in a pandemic like this, you’ve got to ask for help because it’s something we’re not super familiar with. 

“Especially Auburn, it’s all about family and teamwork, I feel like that has helped me so much throughout all of this, being able to rely on coworkers. It definitely has helped me in all aspects of life. It was tough, but now looking back on it, it’s gotten me very far in life.” 

“You’re never alone,” Arrington said. “Everyone’s working together. Emory’s logo is ‘We’re all in this together,’ and you really are.

“It’s intense, but you have to remember those teamwork skills that you’ve learned as a student-athlete. I think that’s really helped me, especially right now when you’re on a whole new team that you’re not used to.” 

Not all heroes wear capes. Some, like Mary Hannah Arrington, Alyssa Ivey and millions like them, wear scrubs, gowns, gloves, goggles and masks.

Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: @jeff_shearer


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