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Celebrating SLV Health Nurses Week 2020 - Sarah Alonzo

Sarah Alonzo, a registered nurse and House Supervisor, is one of the many nurses being celebrated from Nov. 1 through Nov. 7.

San Luis Valley Health is celebrating and thanking their nurses from Nov. 1 through Nov. 8. Nurses’ Week is traditionally held in May, but due to so many changes with COVID, the celebration was delayed. What a perfect time, now in the month of giving thanks, that nurses are celebrated. A special thank you goes out to SLV Health’s team of Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs or aka Advance Practice Registered Nurse), and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs).

An Easy Decision to Make

Sarah Alonzo, BSN, RN, said it was an easy decision to be a registered nurse.

“I knew that I needed to do something that would always challenge me,” Alonzo said. “Nursing has done just that.”

Alonzo says her work as a House Supervisor keeps her humble. House Supervisors are nurse leaders who manage patient concerns, bed placements, scheduling and communication between shifts. They manage activities in both the Regional Medical Center in Alamosa as well as Conejos County Hospital in La Jara.

“There is something incredibly humbling about seeing people during their weakest moments, and being the person they count on to fix it,” she explains.

She considers herself among some talented coworkers.

“I have been fortunate to learn from some of the best nurses here in the Valley,” Alonzo said. “I hope to be a positive role model to all the new up-and-coming nurses here at SLV Health.”

Looking back at 2020, she sees the positive.

“We have been faced with quite a year,” Alonzo explained. “I couldn’t be more impressed with the work that has been done.”