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ELYSBURG — Kelsey LeVan was in her household house Wednesday night when she heard the sounds of approaching hearth vehicles, however what waited outdoors got here as a nice shock.
The 29-year-old Southern Columbia Space graduate was greeted by practically two dozen neighbors and firefighters, who gathered close to the Grande Avenue homestead to want the nurse a protected journey to California to help with the pandemic.
LeVan, a daughter of Michael and Beatriz LeVan, was introduced with playing cards, items and greatest needs through the distinctive sendoff.
Later that night, she and her father started the lengthy drive to Geyserville, California, the place she’s going to reside in a cottage for 3 months whereas working at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Middle.
Serving to others is LeVan’s lifestyle. She beforehand assisted employees at hospitals in Alaska for 9 months, donated blood and, two years in the past, supplied a kidney to Andrew Yurkanin, of Dickson Metropolis.
“I figured if I can get by means of that, I can get by means of something,” she mentioned of the kidney donation. “Nursing is certainly my calling. It’s one thing that I simply like to do, particularly with all that’s occurring. I can’t consider the rest I’d wish to do.”
LeVan mentioned a journey company notified her of staffing shortages at medical facilities all through the nation. She was initially provided a place in Milwaukee, however couldn’t settle for as a result of the beginning date was previous to her contract expiring with Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Middle.
“I’m anticipating quite a lot of COVID sufferers. I do know the ability I’m at now’s getting hit onerous,” she mentioned of Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa. “That’s what I’m anticipating and I’m OK with that. (Treating folks) is one thing I like to do. And I’ll take the dangers with that.”
LeVan thought there was an accident when she first heard the sirens of Elysburg Fireplace Division’s squad and tanker and was ready to help.
She mentioned the sendoff was sudden, however mentioned the group has empowered her extra as an individual and a nurse to make a distinction.
“I really feel generally nurses aren’t appreciated that a lot. We actually do take quite a lot of crap,” she mentioned. “It’s good to be appreciated and it makes you are feeling empowered. I believe it’s superior that the group and the USA lastly acknowledges us.”
Among the many well-wishers had been close by resident Harvey Boyer, former president of the Elysburg Fireplace Division.
“She was a part of my EMT class. And (the group) is simply so very pleased with her and her accomplishments,” Boyer mentioned. “To go to Alaska was one factor, however now, amidst all of this, to go to California is unbelievable. I’m very completely happy to see her proceed to flourish and develop as a nurse and be devoted to her occupation.”
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