Nurse on crusade to vaccinate community gets National Nurses Week surprise

Nurse Carla Brown explains why she wants to get as many people vaccinated as she can after losing her husband to COVID-19.
7:04 | 05/12/21

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As national nurse's week comes to a close, we tip our hats to all the frontline warriors who made huge personal sacrifices and went above the call of duty, like the super hero from baton Rouge. Take a look. Today is the day that we are making it happen. Nurse Carla brown is racing against time trying to get the covid vaccine in as many arms as possible. Here with your vaccine. Carla's covid crusade comes from a personal place. Last may while working as a hospital psychiatric nurse, Carla unknowingly contracted covid-19 and passed it to her family. Her husband David, who survived cancer, had to go on a ventilator because of the virus. I couldn't be with him. He was in the hospital by himself and I couldn't be there to hold his hand. All I know is that he took my heart with him. My heart beat, but it's not the same. After losing the love of her life, Carla made a vow that would change the lives of countless people in her community. I could not save my husband, but I want to save as many as I can now. Whatever it's going to take, I just want to get the minority, those most in need, to get this vaccine. With the help of her co-workers Carla has been leading the charge to reach the elderly, the home bound and anyone who doesn't have access to a vaccination site. She goes door to door registering people for vaccination. Drives residents to their appointments in her own car and even recruited a local pharmacy to partner up so she can administer vaccines. Know that I'm coming back to give you your second one. While there's been an increase in vaccine availability, skepticism and fare are still a big issue in Carla's community. You want to go to your grave early or you want to live? I refuse to take no for an answer. Please welcome nurse Carla brown. First of all, welcome to "The view." I'm enamored by everything you've done. Have you been able to turn a corner you feel with the vaccination rate in your community? Have people started to recognize why they need to get this? We're there, but it's still a lot of work to be done. There's still a lot of fear, but we're doing our best to use data and true science to show them the positive part of having the vaccine. Nurse brown, I'm so very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved husband. I've suffered a lot of loss in our family as well. I feel for you. Let me ask you this, why is there still so much hesitancy do you think among the black what's been, in your view, the most effective message in combatting that hesitancy? Seeing me, someone that looks like them that can come to them and show them true data. I use my family. My dad is 91. He received the vaccine. I have been vaccinated. Then I showed them the data on how many people have received this vaccine and still living successful lives. The thing that we have to all keep in mind is that, yes, things happened in our past that would make some skeptical, but at the same time we have too much new data to support the need to get vaccinated. Nurse Carla, nurses have played such a vital role in the pandemic, from their round the clock care to staying with a patient in their final moments when family members couldn't, and you yourself lived through that trauma. How are you holding up and how has that experience changed the It has changed the way I work as a nurse because, even at the hospice I work at, when we go out to see the patient, we make sure their loved one can see them face-to-face. Sometimes using our own personal cell. I knew when my daddy was in the hospital, just to get a word from -- an update from a nurse, just to see his face was a relief. The compassion has increased you have to understand what families are going through. We have to make the time to reach them as well. Nurse brown, we know the lengths you've gone to take care of others. We're so appreciative between your day job, vaccinating your community, taking care of your older brother and father. We wanted to make sure someone was taking care of you too. When we learned about your favorite place to unwind we reached out to our friends at young's suncoast realty and vacation rentals are sending you on a two-week getaway at crystal tower but young's suncoast. It's located right on the gulf it has one of the largest gulf front pools on pleasure island with expansive sun decks and a boardwalk. We know the bond you formed with your covid crusaders. Young's suncoast realty and vacation rentals is providing a second condo that accommodates four to eight people so they can join you on this break you all need so very much. We hope you enjoy it altogether. Thank you all so much. Thank you. Thank you all. My sister needs to pack her bags. We want to thank nurse Carla brown and all our nurses. Without nurses you just can't get the job done. You can't do it without the nurses. We want everybody to remember that. Have a great time on vacation.

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