Author and RN Keisha Lewis-Nesbitt Speaks About Her New Book And Life As a Nurse During COVID19
Keisha wrote, and released her first book Discover The World of Nursing "Become A Home Health Nurse" in February. In her hometown of Los Angeles, she received awesome support when she was invited by Kiddie City and Malik's Bookstore to host a storytelling/book signing event. In addition, she traveled to Biloxi, MS to attend the Black Nurses Rock Annual Convention for a book signing appearance. While promoting her passion, she received overwhelming support from her colleagues all over the world and even gained a new child-fan, living in Japan. During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, Keisha continues to be active fulfilling her nursing duties by bringing health awareness to the community regarding this pandemic, juggling family life, and promoting her book.
Q. Can you tell us about your book Discover the World of Nursing “Become a Home Health Nurse”?
Discover the World of Nursing vision was created to inspire children of ages to explore the world of nursing. Home Health is one specialty area of Nursing amongst many, where nurses visit patients in their homes, providing variety of home care services to patients of all ages. Services include, administering medications, wound care, health education, and the development of care plans based on medical diagnosis. Nurse KeKe takes the reader on an amazing adventure, traveling from home to home, taking care a variety of patients.
Q. Have you always had the passion to become an author?
Becoming a children’s author recently became a passion of mine, to educate young children about the variety of career options in nursing.
Q. With all that is going on in the world due to COVID-19, how do you juggle being a nurse, mom and author?
During this time, I had to focus on prioritizing my responsibilities as Director of Nursing and Mother, unfortunately everything else has been placed on the back burner for now. As far as my book, keeping the book relevant through social media outlets.
Q. As an Infusion Home Health nurse, is it nerve wrecking visiting your patients due to the coronavirus?
Yes, in the beginning because we really didn’t have much knowledge of the virus, and the media was creating enormous amount of anxiety amongst everyone, including myself. In the process, work needed to continue, patients needed their treatments to survive, but at the same time making sure I was safe as a practitioner. In addition, not knowing if and when, I would come in contact with someone with the virus was very nerve wrecking at times. Although, I constantly protect myself, by ensuring I wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sanitize, and disinfect everything. I have to maintain my sanity by practicing continuous Faith over Fear.
Q.How do you keep yourself motivated?
Prayer, family and friends
Q. Besides your newly released book, do you have any projects or products in the works?
Social Distancing products i.e awareness T-shirts , buttons, sanitizers, and masks.
Q. What does success mean to you?
Success is not based on monetary gain for me, but how one contributes to the betterment and enrichment of others’ lives.
Q. What do you like to do on your spare time?
Spend time with my son, family and friends, travel, volunteer, work on creative products, and being an active member of Jack and Jill of America, Fresno Chapter, and Central Valley Black Nurses Association.
Q. What advice can you give to aspiring professionals who would like to make an impact in the health care industry?
Be true to yourself and your goals, and nursing is not just a job, but a life-long commitment
Interview by: Leading with Lee Magazine
Presented by: Amirakal Marketing