We are saddened by every death from COVID-19, and the death of a nurse hits especially close to home. WSNA is heart­broken at the passing of Kurt Julian, one of our nurses at Evergreen. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones. We are here to support all our Evergreen nurses as we together grieve this tragic loss.

As a profes­sion, nurses have stepped forward across the globe, putting their own lives on the line to care for patients through this pandemic. Evergreen­Health was the epicenter of COVID-19 when it first hit this country. Our nurses at Evergreen have been on the front­lines from day one caring for COVID-19 patients. The loss of our CCU colleague is devas­tating, we will miss him.

We salute our dear colleague, Kurt Julian, with the Nightin­gale Tribute:

He Was There

When a calming, quiet presence was all that was needed, he was there.

In the excite­ment and miracle of birth or in the mystery and loss of life, he was there.

When a silent glance could uplift a patient, family member or friend, he was there.

At those times when the unexplain­able needed to be explained, he was there.

When the situa­tion demanded a swift foot and sharp mind, he was there. 

When a gentle touch, a firm push, or an encour­aging word was needed, he was there.

In choosing the best one from a family’s Thank You” box of choco­lates, he was there.

To witness humanity — its beauty, in good times and bad, without judgment, he was there.

To embrace the woes of the world, willingly, and offer hope, he was there.

And now, that it is time to be at the Greater One’s side, he is there.

WSNA continues to advocate for the safety and protec­tion of every nurse. Please reach out to your WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Bret Percival at bpercival@wsna.org with any questions or concerns.