Betsania Salgado

Betsania Salgado
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Dana Yarak
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By: Voces Staff

Betsania Salgado is a nursing graduate from Northern Illinois University. She spent the first few months of the pandemic in search of a position as a registered nurse in Illinois. Although nurses were in high demand, Salgado received many emails from hospitals asking for patience as they navigated the new challenges of COVID-19. Eventually, Salgado acquired a position at a facility on the south side of Illinois at an oncology/medical-surgical unit that would end up turning into a COVID floor. Throughout the pandemic, Salgado would worry about not only her own safety but her mother's as well. However, as an undocumented immigrant, not working was not a possibility for Salgado and her family.