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Sharing messages of thanks to nurses


In only 2 months, the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses has done much to support our colleagues by providing:

• more than $2 million in direct financial assistance to nurses through a partnership with Nurses House, Inc.

• mental health support through the Well-Being Initiative

• real-time information crucial to nurses via on-demand webinars from the American Nurses Association.

The fund is the result of contributions—large and small—from over 17,000 individuals, organizations, foundations, and associations. While created as a place where the public can make a donation to help nurses, a number of nurses also have contributed to support their fellow RNs. The need for support is great, so the Foundation continues to gather funds on nurses’ behalf. Learn more about the resources available through the Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses.

“In my two decades of working alongside nurses, I have had a deep desire for nurses to be truly seen and appreciated by the public,” said Kate Judge, executive director, American Nurses Foundation. “In this ‘Year of the Nurse,’ it is our work at the American Nurses Foundation to make sure that nurses stay seen and appreciated.”

Here are some of the messages people have sent us to share with you:

From nurses

“Being a nurse and having my oldest daughter a nurse on the frontlines has made me so proud of our selfless attitudes to always be there for others!”

— Genevieve Adams

“I’m a retired RN; my health took me out of the career I thought I’d still have. I am heartbroken that I can’t be with you. My heart is, always.”

— Nikki Berry

From families of nurses

“My mother is a nurse and throughout my entire life she has inspired me, and to the thousands of nurses out there you inspire me as well!”

— Marcus Bates-Bustos

“My wife is a nurse of ~30 years; she recently completed her NP degree and is a most outstanding nurse. This is to honor her and others just like her.”

— Mnason Plumb

“This donation is in honor of my son, Brian Craig, BSN, RN, who is a frontline worker on a COVID-19 unit. I’m so proud of him.”

— Carol Craig

From grateful patients and their families

“Two years ago, nurses saved my life when I was in respiratory failure. Now, I want to give something back as a remembrance of their dedication.”

— Harmony Brenner

“In honor of Mark Gordon and the excellent nurses who cared for him.”

— Mimi Wright

“Thank you to all the amazing nurses at IU Health who helped David Nee!”

— Julie Sievert

“This donation is in the name of the ER nurses at JFK North in West Palm Beach, Florida. Thank you all for your service on the front lines.”

— Emma Bayles

From well wishers

“Grateful for the care nurses provide each & every day but especially during Covid-19 where they truly put themselves in harm’s way to care for others.”

— Patricia Barrett

“I give because I am inspired by the caring, compassion, and authentic way in which they do their jobs, in good times and in bad.”

— Nick Rebholz

In memory

“I am giving in the name of Priscilla Larochelle who passed away on May 6th from Covid-19. Thank you to all nurses, especially those who cared for my aunt.”

— Catherine Contreras

“In memory of Celia Banago. For her bravery and in appreciation for her selfless care and dedication to her patients.”

— From the Glessner family

“My 91-year-old Nana sadly passed away yesterday and was one of the greatest people/nurses I knew. As a fellow healthcare worker I wanted to help.”

— Molly Awiszus


Learn about the Well-Being Initiative at

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