The hospitality industry is doing its part to lend a helping hand as the COVID-19 health crisis continues. Esperanto Developments, an El Paso hotel management company, has partnered with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso to donate the free use of hotel rooms for students from the Hunt School of Nursing.
Three hotel rooms have been made available to accommodate individual nursing students completing clinical rounds at hospitals who need a place to stay while isolating for the safety and health of their families. H
Hunt School of Nursing student Jenny Moya is a participant in the free hotel room program.
“Being a nursing student who wants nothing more than to care for patients in their time of need, it’s helpful to have a hotel to isolate after a weekend of clinicals,” Moya said. “It has given me peace of mind that I am keeping my family safe while doing what I am passionate about, which is caring for others.”
The rooms, each with their own kitchen areas, are offered at Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham in El Paso, an extended-stay hotel managed by Esperanto Developments. Students can stay for 14 nights. The generous donation will provide temporary housing to students who otherwise would have to spend their own money on accommodations.
“My family and I are very grateful for the opportunity being given to me to continue on with clinicals,” Moya said. “This allows me to continue my journey as a nursing student and push forward to the summer semester.”
Esperanto Developments believes it is important to give back to the community in these trying times and support those on the front lines during the pandemic. This is one of the many ways local companies are showing support for nurses as the country celebrates National Nurses Week 2020, May 6 – 12.
“We are proud and honored to partner up with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso,” said Marianne Rosas-Ayub, corporate director of sales and marketing for Esperanto Developments. “We appreciate all the effort and sacrifice the staff and students have put in to help fight this pandemic. We thank them and want them to know we are here for them.”
Lindsay Hendryx, another Hunt School of Nursing student, also decided to stay in a free hotel room while completing her clinical rotations. She lives with her 80-year-old grandmother and recognizes the importance of keeping her safe.
“As COVID-19 became more apparent in El Paso, we began making changes to reduce her risk,” Hendryx said. “However, as my nursing classes moved online, I was wary that my clinical attendance would bring home an unfair risk to her. I chose not to attend clinicals until we found a safe solution, with the understanding that my nursing degree could face a delay.”
Hendryx said the donation of hotel rooms by Esperanto Developments allowed her to complete her remaining clinical hours this semester. “I look forward to soon repaying the generosity I have received from this donation when I become a nurse,” she said.
As of 2019, the Hunt School of Nursing has graduated more than 600 students. Ninety percent of graduates stay in the Borderland region, according to school officials.
The school of nursing currently has partnerships with every hospital in the El Paso community, which includes both clinical rotation opportunities and job placements post-graduation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse for the vital role they play in providing health services.
TTUHSC El Paso will join the WHO in a year-long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and highlight the challenging conditions they often face in the workforce.