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  • I can't say it enough.

  • Nurses are our heroes, and their dedication to keeping us safe

  • is incredible.

  • Our next guest is an ER nurse from Florida

  • who quit her job to go work on the frontlines in New York

  • City.

  • Please welcome Barbara Edwards.

  • Hi, Ellen.

  • How are you?

  • Hi, Barbara.

  • I'm OK.

  • I'm OK.

  • How are you?

  • Oh, my goodness.

  • I'm great.

  • Thank you so much for having me here.

  • You are like one of those people--

  • you have such a big heart and you are so genuine and so kind.

  • And I just can't say it enough.

  • I'm just so appreciative of you having me here.

  • Thank you.

  • I'm appreciative of you.

  • I'm so glad that I get to talk to somebody who is a real hero.

  • What you're doing is incredible, you

  • and millions of nurses and doctors, everyone on the front.

  • Thank you so much.

  • And where are you right now?

  • Right now I am in my hotel room, which is pretty much where

  • I've been either in this room or in a hospital

  • for the last month.

  • So this is your first time in New York?

  • It is my first time in New York.

  • It's a bit--

  • I remember my first time going to New York.

  • And it was so intimidating because it's just

  • such a big, big city.

  • I mean, obviously, you're in a different situation

  • where just you're going and working,

  • which is incredible that you left your job

  • to go work in New York.

  • But what has it been like for you?

  • Well, honestly, I think this is a little

  • different than any vacation that I would ever

  • take to New York City.

  • It really has just been overwhelming on the response

  • from the people here.

  • I came here to work.

  • I really didn't expect much more than

  • to show up and go in and out of a hospital.

  • And instead, it's just going out onto the streets.

  • The people that will just thank us for being here.

  • Honestly, New York City's just opened their hearts to us.

  • So yeah, the hotel has signs.

  • There are cards.

  • There are kids drawing for us.

  • There's just a lot of positivity, encouragement,

  • just a lot of love and appreciation for us being here.

  • So New York City has just loved on us.

  • Well, I mean, yeah.

  • I mean, because you left your job

  • and being an ER nurse at another hospital

  • to go and help out New York, because it is obviously

  • in need--

  • it's incredible.

  • So you left.

  • You have two kids, 14 and 17, is that right?

  • That's correct.

  • So what made you want to do this?

  • I mean, that's a big thing to take a chance and do this.

  • OK, so that was something that I had

  • to fight with for a little bit.

  • I hesitated to come.

  • I think what it came down to was watching the numbers every day

  • and seeing what was going on here, thousands of people

  • dying every day, and then to consider, if this were me

  • and my health care system, I just

  • knew that it would not be something

  • we could handle on our own.

  • It was really just me coming and helping health care workers

  • and helping people that were suffering and dying.

  • So what do you miss most?

  • When was the last time you saw your kids?

  • The last time I saw them-- it's been over a month

  • since I've seen them.

  • Wow.

  • Wow.

  • What do you miss most about them?

  • Honestly, it's mostly been just cooking breakfast for them

  • in the morning.

  • That's a very special time for me and my children.

  • I miss hugs.

  • I miss movie night.

  • Honestly, it just comes down to the day in and day out.

  • I miss just everyday knowing what's going on in their life.

  • So I'm looking forward to getting home and cooking them

  • breakfast.

  • I mean, really, it's unbelievable what you did.

  • And you're by yourself.

  • You're in a hotel room.

  • You're going to work and then you come home.

  • And I can't even imagine the mental stress,

  • what that must feel like to not have someone to come home to

  • and to hug--

  • so it's amazing what you're doing.

  • But I know that you're making these connections with mostly

  • very sad situations.

  • But then there's a connection you have with a patient that's

  • giving you hope, right?

  • Yeah, I had the opportunity to spend five days

  • with the same patient.

  • And he had pretty much gotten to the point where

  • he could breathe on his own.

  • He had gotten past the infection.

  • And it really came down to him needing strength.

  • And he couldn't do that on his own.

  • So every day, I'd come in and I realized the more

  • that I would coach him or encourage him, hold his hand,

  • put my hand on his shoulder, call his name,

  • remind him what his goals were, just telling him every day,

  • you have to get stronger, your goal is to get out of this bed,

  • you're going to get out of his bed.

  • So every day that I did that, it just

  • seemed like you could see him every day

  • get a little more stronger and more alert.

  • And so finally, I did come in one day,

  • and he had not been able to move his arms or legs.

  • I come in, and I say good morning every morning

  • that I come in.

  • And so as soon as I walked in to say good morning,

  • he picked up his hand and he grabbed mine.

  • And that was huge.

  • That was huge for him.

  • And I just looked at his face.

  • And you could tell he couldn't wait

  • to show me what he could do.

  • So honestly, I feel like that experience in itself

  • has been enough to show me that there is victory

  • and there is hope here.

  • And I'm just so thankful that I had the opportunity

  • to come here and do this.

  • Well, that guy is a very lucky guy

  • that you were assigned to his room.

  • That's incredible.

  • We have to take a break.

  • We're going to come back and talk more with you.

  • But I can't say enough about how cool that is what you're doing.

  • We're back with Barbara.

  • She is a nurse from Florida who left her job

  • to help out New York City.

  • Left her kids.

  • Hasn't seen her kids in a month.

  • Talk about the definition of selfless,

  • is this nurse right here you're talking to.

  • Yeah, yeah.

  • I mean, look, as I said, all nurses who

  • are working right now and risking their lives

  • and not seeing their families to help other people--

  • that's already like--

  • Incredible.

  • --amazing.

  • So you work 24 days straight, washing

  • clothes is in a hotel bathtub.

  • Is that what you're doing?

  • That's what I heard?

  • I did.

  • Honestly, as busy as we've been, it's

  • been easier for me to just wash my own laundry in the bathtub.

  • See?

  • You do what you have to do.

  • What is that knocking?

  • I hear someone knocking at your door

  • Would you like me to get-- is it OK?

  • Can I be excused for a minute?

  • Yes, someone's knocking at the door.

  • You should go see what that is.

  • Hello.

  • Oh!

  • Oh my goodness.

  • Thank you.

  • There's nobody out here.

  • No, they had to drop it and leave

  • because of social distancing.

  • So I sent you a care package.

  • It's some wine.

  • It's some chocolate, pictures of your kids.

  • There's some Ellen swag so you can wear stuff.

  • You skip laundry for one day.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you so much.

  • Oh my gosh.

  • This is adorable.

  • Thank you, Ellen.

  • Well, Barbara, thank you.

  • One more thing I completely forgot-- yeah,

  • there's your kids.

  • One more thing I thought you could really use

  • is I have some friends at Green Dot, who make

  • banking and savings simple.

  • I'm sure you know that.

  • And we're going to give you $20,000.

  • Oh my goodness.

  • Well deserved.

  • Oh my gosh.

  • Oh my goodness.

  • Ellen!

  • It's a mobile bank account from Green Dot.

  • And that is going to you.

  • You're getting $20,000 for being who you are, Barbara.

  • Oh my gosh, Ellen.

  • You are too generous, too kind.

  • Well, you are-- and Green Dot is.

  • Thank you for everything you do.

  • Yes, thank you for everything you do.

  • And when this is all over, please come to the show.

  • We'll get in touch with you and have you

  • and your kids come to the show.

  • And I'd love to meet you in person.

  • Thank you so much, Ellen.

  • You are-- see?

  • I told you you're amazing?

  • Did I not say that?

  • Yeah, you did.

  • But I told you, you're amazing.

  • Thank you.

  • It seems like we're both amazing.

  • I know.

  • Andy's here.

  • Yeah.

  • All right, Barbara.

  • Good talking to you.

  • We'll be right back.

I can't say it enough.

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