"At the time I just felt that I knew that nobody was really going to come in so I tried to do my best to get there," Diabate told ABC News. "At some point you’re going to have to depend on somebody. We all need each other. I treat my patients well because I treat them like family."
Diabate was the only nurse who reported to work, said David Pomeranz, a director at the nursing home.
"Chantelle wasn’t looking for a lot of attention, she just came to do her job and felt happy she was needed," he told ABC News. "It makes me feel very proud, it really reminds you of the commitment [our employees] make…there’s a lot to learn from their efforts and loyalty."
Diabate ended up working a double shift along with some of the other staff members.
"My job is really humbling because you realize you could be a patient…at some point you’re going to have to depend on somebody," she said. "We all need each other. I treat my patients well because I treat them like family."