In honor of National Nurses Week that started Wednesday, May 6 and ends on May, 12, the nation says thank you for the specialized care nurses’ provide to Americans on a daily basis.

Eliza Cavazos, a local native and licensed Registered Nurse (RN) at the CHRISTUS Spohn Emergency Room (ER), in Alice.

Cavazos, was recognized by the CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, as an extraordinary nurse and extended their invitation to feature her as someone in the community to honor this week for Nurses Week.

"It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do as a career, but when I started taking classes and doing my clinicals, I knew- this was my purpose," Cavazos said. "I have been a nurse now for 12 and a half years."

Cavazos, was asked how she felt about the current coronoavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and any words of advise for residents. She replied with, "I would ask everyone to wear masks, wash your hands and stay home if you can. My mother-in-law from my first husband lives in a small town with a population of about 90,000 near Lubbock, Texas. She was diagnosed with virus in April and went from a healthy woman to now having to rely on oxygen to survive, it’s not all about dying, but, also, the quality of someones life after contracting the virus."

As the community faces the many "unknowns" concerning the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, an extra thank you is in order, to honor the many measures nurses have faced and will face as the front-line warriors against the global pandemic.