Nurse comes out of retirement to work in Cranston field hospital

RHODE ISLAND (WLNE) – For weeks, Governor Gina Raimondo has been calling on retired healthcare workers to come back to work and help staff field hospitals set up around the state.

One retired nurse in Warwick heard the call for help and answered it.

“I was inspired initially by Governor Raimondo– her daily news conferences and asking the citizens to step up. I said ‘I think she’s talking to me,'” said retired nurse Kathy Nottell.

Nottell was a nurse at Kent Hospital for 28 years.

“Most of the years there I worked in the emergency room,” said Nottell.

She retired five years ago from the infusion unit.

But when the coronavirus broke out, she couldn’t sit by and do nothing.

“I am an RN. I’m healthy. I’m able,” she said.

She signed up to work at Kent Hospital’s field hospital in Cranston.

Even though she’s 68-years-old and considered part of the vulnerable age group to the virus, she’s not afraid to work in the field hospital and said putting others before herself is the right thing to do.

“One of my favorite quotes that I’ve used and think about a lot is: ‘The purpose of life is to be useful, honorable, and compassionate, and to make a difference.’ That’s from Ralph Waldo Emerson,” said Nottell.

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