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Nurses, the backbone of healthcare, typically have to deal with serious levels of burnout – the COVID-19 pandemic has made the problem that much worse. 

To honor our front liners, especially the brave nurses, the city of Round Rock held a car parade around St. David’s medical center.

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More than 150 cars blared their horns and flashed lights as they drove around the St. David’s Medical Center in Round Rock to honor and encourage front-line workers Friday.

Car parades have greeted health care workers at the hospital every night for the past eight weeks, said Chief Nursing Officer Tami Taylor. Friday night’s finale event was the largest at the hospital yet.

“It’s been absolutely amazing, for our staff to see the community coming out to support them,” Taylor said. “When you’re here 12 hours a day working, it’s nice to see at the end of the day or going into shift people saying thank you.”

The parade also honored Jennifer Leatham, the hospital’s nurse of the year, and Reid Palatiere, primary care technician of the year.

Before the pandemic, the World Health Organization designated 2020 as the year of the nurse. Taylor, who has been a nurse for 29 years, said the year did not turn out the way she envisioned. However, the overwhelming support from the community has been heartwarming and inspirational.

“The majority of nurses don’t see themselves as heroes,” she said. “It’s a calling for us. We want to care for people.”

She said she hopes the parade also inspires others in the community.

“We hope kids out there, boys and girls, want to become a nurse in the future and that this inspires them as well,” she said.

For the first time, hospital staff invited first responders from Williamson County EMS, police, and firefighters to be honored alongside them.

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If you are a Nurse in Round Rock who has any disciplinary issues before the Texas Board of Nursing, please contact Round Rock nurse attorney Yong J. An, call or text at 832 428 5679 or Mr. An has represented over 100 nurses before the Texas Board of Nursing since 2006.