As an experienced nurse, Raymond Yakelis, ‘81, takes pride in teaching and assisting those younger than him. Raymond works at Ochsner Medical Center, the largest health system in Louisiana, at the West Bank Campus, where he helped to prepare the hospital for the coronavirus outbreak by purchasing supplies in advance.
Raymond’s “normal” job is teaching pediatric life support and additional techniques of intraosseous infusion at the hospital. In the past, he has served as an instructor in adult life support, and thanks to 24 years of experience flying with MEDEVAC, he also taught trauma nursing.
At the start of the pandemic, Raymond assisted in setting up equipment as ambulance after ambulance arrived with COVID-19 patients from the nursing homes. He helped to set up negative pressure rooms and ensured that all staff had the equipment they needed to stay safe through instruction on proper wear and care.
Raymond can’t believe that he graduated from Mount Aloysius with his nursing degree 39 years ago. He believes that his time at the Mount helped him prioritize and plan ahead.