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Nurse Helps Families Who Lost Homes in Santa Rosa Wildfire

By: American Nurse Today

In October, thousands of homes in Santa Rosa, California were lost to wild fires. Payton Walton, a nurse who lives in Marin and works in Santa Rosa recently took to social media to match up her Marin neighbors with members of the Santa Rosa community to help them through this incredibly difficult time. So far, Payton and her team of coordinators have matched 1,700 volunteer families with 125 Santa Rosa citizens to provide them with much needed material and emotional support.

Payton explains her efforts simply: “[As healthcare workers], we all make a promise to not abandon anybody if they are in a vulnerable situation if they’re a patient, so that had to be a focus because we were the only hospital left in town.”

Payton and her coordinators recently appeared on The Doctors. You can watch the videos here.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the American Nurses Association, the Editorial Advisory Board members, or the Publisher, Editors and staff of American Nurse Journal. This has not been peer reviewed.

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