Earlier this month, Jennifer Stone, who played Harper in Wizards of Waverly Place, shared on Instagram that she's now a nurse helping those battling COVID-19 on the front lines.
In an interview with Deadline published on Tuesday, Jennifer shared more about what her experience as a nurse in midst of the pandemic has been like.
“I can only speak for myself because I think every nurse and person has their own way of processing life,” she said. “I think, as a nurse you’re just hit with it a lot more upfront and to be honest, I look at it this way: During a 12-hour shift, it’s not about me. It’s about putting myself aside to help somebody else.”
“I try to stay really focused during those 12 hours to be as effective and helpful as I can and then just decompress when I get home," she added. "I’m a big fan of bubble baths, Drag Race and watching medical shows, so I could watch somebody else do it. I also have a really supportive family and friends that if I need to talk about it I can because you never know what’s going to hit you and what’s not going to.”
Jennifer was also asked how she feels about being called a hero as a nurse helping on the front lines and she expressed her gratitude towards the other nurses working with her.
"It is incredibly sweet but that word makes me really uncomfortable because I can’t stress it enough — I just graduated from nursing school in December and this is my very first nursing job. There are nurses that I have the privilege of learning from that have been doing this for years," she said.
"They have been on the front lines since the very first COVID-19 case came through the door. I am blessed to be able to help in any way that I can, but I look at the nurses that I’m learning from as the heroes. I just consider myself very blessed to have worked hard to get this skill set and to actually be able to help like they do."
So proud of you, Jennifer! Thank you for your dedication to helping others ❤️!
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