Local nurses inspire others to “answer the call” to become a nurse

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ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — For the nurses at UPMC Altoona, their field isn’t something a person choose.

“You know early on if you have that calling that you want to get into nursing,” Dana Kopera, Clinical Director of Surgical Services at UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford, said. 

It’s something built into who you are.

“I come from a long line of nurses,” Kitty Zelnosky, Clinical Director of Critical Care and Education at UPMC Altoona, said.

“I was three years old,” Jeanine Chestney, RN-B.S. at UPMC Atloona, said.

The hospital held a week-long event dedicated to thanking their nurses for their passion and dedication to their work.

“Nursing is very challenging, but yet very rewarding,” Kopera said.

Each day had a theme the events were based on. Friday’s focus was the education and mentorship of future nurses.

“We can certainly teach you the techincal side of things, but it’s about compassion and care, and that’s the art and essense of nursing,” Zelnosky said.

And Jeanine Chestney, who’s been a nurse for 22 years, said she’ll continue working as long as she can.

“As long as the good Lord keeps me nursing, and there’s people to care for, I will be committed to that,” she said.

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