Health care heroes: Learning a new skill

Health care heroes: Learning a new skill

“This is the first time in my 23-year nursing career that personal protective equipment conversation was a concern,” says Carla Noel, ICU nurse at Aurora Medical Center – Bay Area in Marinette, WI.

This concern is what led Noel and fellow ICU nurse Mariah Silvieus to step into action.

Noel was able to donate an entire box of protective eyewear, thanks to the generosity of family and friends.

“I originally joked about making masks,” Silvieus says, “then I had some time on my hands and decided I’d try it out.”

She borrowed a sewing machine from a friend, watched a YouTube video, and before she knew it, she’d whipped up 25 homemade masks.

So far, Silvieus and her family have made and donated over 60 fabric face masks for team members to wear outside the hospital. In addition to donating masks, Silvieus’s family recently donated some money so she could buy some snacks for her coworkers.

“I went to our local Aldi and got a variety of snacks to put in our break room,” she says. “Now people thank me every day. When they have busy days, they’re grateful they were able to grab a yogurt and granola to get them through the day.”

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Brianna Wunsch
Brianna Wunsch

Brianna Wunsch, health enews contributor, is a public affairs coordinator for Advocate Aurora Health with a BA in public affairs from University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. In her free time, Brianna enjoys living an active lifestyle through biking, hiking and working out at the gym, but even more than that, she especially loves spending quality time with her two cats (Arthur and Loki), son and husband.