Sunset Conversations with New York Nurses

Editor's note:

Recorded on Thursday, Septemeber 24th at 6:00 PM.

October 12, 2020

Check out this Video from the BCUR (Barnard Columbia Urban Review) that was hosted on September 24th. Three nurses from New York go over their thoughts, experiences and more during these turbulent times. 




The BCUR (The Barnard Columbia Urban Review) hosted an amazing conversation with three New York nurses that spoke on the current turbulent times of 2020.

Why did these women choose to become burses? What was it like to work on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19? How did the BLM protest affect their lives and work?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in this video.

Special Thanks to: Mermelie Cadet, Tiffany Varughese, Tiffany Magno, Gabriella Kaspi, and Gabriel Multedo.

Words From the Project Leaders:

No one has really asked us to talk about this before," says Ms. Varughuese, a registered nurse who, during the COVID-19 pandemic, went to work each day to save lives. She is one of three nurses who joined us for this conversation in the park as the sun dipped below the horizon, and I can easily say it was my honor to have been there with them to talk about it. In the wake of such a huge magnitude of loss, it's easy to reduce lives and deaths to statistics, projections that become conjectures that become some academic thesis. Instead of approaching this topic as an academic, I instead chose to approach it as a storyteller. Please enjoy this debut event of the Barnard/Columbia Urban Review, a new undergraduate urban research journal, dare I say the first ever, as we try to understand that urban issues are just as much emotionally human in dimension, as economic and statistical. - Gabriel Multedo

It was truly an honor and a pleasure to moderate this event and to hear these women’s stories. Our discussion opened up a very honest and very telling dialogue of the realities of working on the front lines in one of the most severe COVID hotspots nationally. Inarguably, this event reified the notion that mere numbers do not adequately express the truth of one of NYC’s darkest hours. The most affecting portions of our conversation revolved around the most “human” parts of these medical professionals’ experience— interactions with patients, families, and their own individual struggles when returning home at the end of the day. So, please take a moment to hear our conversation and the spoken truths of these incredible individuals. - Gabriella Kaspi

Recorded on Zoom on Thursday, September 24th at 6pm.