Falcons cheerleaders help on the front lines as health workers

ATLANTA – Olivia Freeman’s uniform these days is a lot different than what she’s used to.

She traded in her Falcons pompoms for a medical gown, face shield and N95 mask when working with coronavirus patients as a registered nurse in a local cardiac intensive care unit.

“It was really scary not knowing when things would go back to normal and if there would ever be normal like it used to be, you know?” she told FOX 5 Sports. “So that was kind of scary for me.”

Falcons cheerleaders helping on the front lines as healthcare workers

Two Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders who are working as registered nurses at metro Atlanta hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic say they are encouraged by the community’s support during this difficult time. On the same subject : North Carolina Youth Football Cheerleading League Says Goodbye to Offer Rifle in Raffle.

Support from colleagues, managers, the community and her fellow Falcons fans – five of whom work in the healthcare industry – has seen Freeman through the challenges of a professional and personal time during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I like to watch videos of people applauding — I think they live around some hospitals and applaud the workers coming in and out,” Freeman said. “I think it’s really, really great to have the support of our community.”

Celia Burger works in the recovery unit at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital as a cardiology registered nurse and is studying at Mercer University for her Master’s in Acute Care Nursing. She usually works in the surgical unit, but has been roaming the hospital more due to COVID-19.

“During my time as a nurse, I was impressed with the work ethic and attitude of everyone at the hospital,” she said. “This is kind of a time where this is our calling, this is our job. It’s time to stand up and really help people.”

She said she represents the Falcons with her badge pin, a surgical cap and now a Falcons face mask.

Falcons cheerleaders Celia Burger, left, and Olivia Freeman, right, work as registered nurses at metro Atlanta hospitals.

Both said their skills as cheerleaders carry over to their day-to-day jobs as registered nurses.

“I feel like a nurse, I want to be a cheerleader for my patient because I want them to get stronger and get better,” Burger said. “You’re the one that’s closest to them and you can FaceTime the family and keep them updated and create that connection and relationship. And then, if you notice they’re refusing, it’s your job to say, ‘Hey, something’s wrong, my patient is help needed. We need to move forward in care.’ So really creating that relationship with your patient and being their biggest advocate is the biggest thing about being a nurse, especially during this time.”

Falcons fans Celia Burger, left, and Olivia Freeman, right, are working as registered nurses at metro Atlanta hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Both have been buoyed by the support of the Atlanta community and their loved ones during a difficult time at work.

“Even just a simple text and they’re like, ‘Wow, thank you for what you’re doing,’ or friends sending me masks or a little Venmo that’s like, ‘enjoy your coffee today,’ or something like that,” Burger said . “It’s like giving me a little lift during the day when you’re having a hard time and you think, wow, this is worth it. I’m helping someone.”

She also thinks that quarantine and isolation could help people appreciate life more once the pandemic subsides.

“Just being thankful for the simple things in life, I think at the end of this we’re going to appreciate those times a lot more,” Burger said. “I think there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m excited for the times when we can get back together and spend time on the field.”

The Buccaneers and Eagles each hired one male cheerleader; The Patriots added two. The Seahawks Dancers, formerly known as the Sea Gals, added an eight-man team and the Titans added eight.

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