Friday, July 17, 2020

Samantha Leyva on the value of nursing in times of crisis

Nurses have served others in times of crisis, putting their own lives first. The Mexican Samantha Leyva knows this and echoes it with her actions.

The nurses have demonstrated throughout history a powerful resistance to adverse circumstances. Dressed in their characteristic white uniform, the image of nurses worldwide continues to be one of the symbols of compassion, warmth, and help in times of crisis. 

Since the 19th century, the British Florence Nightingale, who is credited with founding modern nursing, revealed herself to her family's will and social position to serve soldiers during the Crimean War. In the United States, Clarissa Barton - nicknamed the Angel of the Battlefield - would found the American Red Cross, and young Mary Eliza Mahoney became the first Afro-descendant woman to obtain her registration as a nurse.

 Dressed in their characteristic white uniform, the image of the nurses continues to be one of the symbols of compassion, warmth, and help in times of crisis 

In the 21st century and more precisely, this year 2020, shortly after a pandemic declared, the figure of male and female nurses took on a new meaning in our society. Faces and names in anonymity, behind masks and protective suits, once again demonstrated to humanity the great value of these health professionals who put their lives before the safeguard of others. 

In the sunny port of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero, Aida Samantha Leyva Cruz, a 27-year-old nursing graduate, has her roots and residence. Samantha confesses in this exclusive interview with Vogue Mexico as a lover of the sones and Chileans of the Costa Chica, enjoying el pozole with a glass of chocolate or high-resistance sports. Those are activities that he alternates with an express passion, on his Instagram account, for traveling and learning about foreign cultures. 

To his list of multiple activities, we can now add having been part of the main story of Vogue Julio, photographed by the Mexican Dorian Ulises López Macías, in which he joined with other young Latin American talents who nourish their respective professions with sap and offer a powerful voice in these times of - undeniable - change.  

What has your work as a nurse left you as an apprenticeship? 

The value of a true vocation.

What is the meaning you attribute to the word "serve"? 

For me, serving is living, going through a world without serving others is an empty world. 

About the pandemic in Mexico, what is your opinion about the work of nurses in our country?

No one could do a nursing job without a vocation, there is no money to pay someone who puts their life at risk by serving.

What does sport mean in your life?

The sport for me is freedom, when I train I feel like I live a real alternative. 

How did you feel with this experience of being photographed from a distance?
This situation caused technological changes to take place in our society for at least 15 years, it taught us to live a different reality, taking photographs from a distance is one of the realities that we must get used to. The distance must not be able to avoid our contact. 

Why, today more than ever, is it important to talk about diversity in the media?

Since times ago the world has always had immense diversity, it is time to take advantage of all the visual, printed, and digital media to speak and expound the virtues that make us different.

What do you consider to be your responsibility as a woman from southern Mexico at this time that demands a representation of our diversity as Mexicans?

That the Afro-Mexican woman feels represented in the same circumstances as any other woman, demonstrating that the effort, work, and preparation is the main differentiator and not the race or skin color.

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