Gina Mumper

It’s real work

As a nurse leader in the MSICU, Gina talks about how COVID-19 has made people see that nurses are more than what they have traditionally been portrayed as.

portrait of Gina Mumper, nurse at UC Davis Health


... develop this whole leadership part.

Right. I think having done this for 20 years now, I had really good mentors. I had Debbie Crider with me the entire time who was just the most amazing role model one could ever have. And she taught me a lot. And I kind of took a back seat to her all these years because she was the one that would always step up and I didn't necessarily have to. I was always there to support her, but with her being gone I do feel a responsibility to fill those shoes now and be there for people in the same way that she was. And that's why I feel like it is cultivated. I learned a lot. I'm the kind of learner that sits back and watches and sees what works, what doesn't work, and I've been doing that for a long time.

And so I'm taking that, and with my experience, I think, I've been through a lot. I started nursing when AIDS came out. So I've been through this kind of a crisis mode where we didn't know what was going on. And I kind of take myself back there and say, "We got through that and we figured it out and we tackled it and we conquered it and look at now what's come out of that." So I feel hope that this too will evolve the same way. We have smart people in this medical field, in the country, in the world that will focus on it, take care of it. And I trust in that. I have trust in that, that everybody's going to do everything they can.

And so that's what keeps me going and that's what keeps me positive that I don't get all stressed and worried and it's going to be handled, it's going to be taken care of. And I'm so amazed that this has shown the world how awesome nurses are. I know we keep saying that, "Oh, nursing is the most trusted profession," but this is on the front page of the newspaper, the TV. People are now really seeing what we do. It's not just, "Oh, nurses are nice. Oh, they're always there." It's real work. It's not just hand holding when somebody is not feeling well. It's work and it's a dedication and people who are putting their own life and safety on the line to take care of other people because that's what we're trained to do. And that's what we are here for. And we get to do it and we can feel pride in that. And now that the whole world can see that too.