Brad Nelson, a Registered Nurse in Buffalo, Minnesota, is the kind of person people can’t help but like. Unassuming, caring and generous, it makes everyone at Buffalo Hospital feel better just knowing he’s around.
What makes Brad’s impact even more unique is that he works the night shift. In fact, he’s been working the night shift for eleven years. It’s a routine most people would find challenging to keep up for a month, let alone over a decade. But Brad takes it in stride. The graveyard shift suits him just fine.
Jennifer Myster, president of Buffalo Hospital for the past eight years, knows it as well as anyone.
“He is a joy. And I can’t tell you how reassuring it is to know that when I go home, Brad’s there and is in charge of the hospital…That place runs like a dream at night because of Brad…(He’s) the kinda guy that wakes up in the morning with this sense of gratitude, and I bet the thought that runs through his head is, ‘What kind of good things can I do today?’”
"The Graveyard Shift"
Aside from the night shift, people also know Brad for his passion for cycling. To call Brad a bicycle enthusiast would be a bit of an understatement. In fact, he donates his time and rides in five different cycling charity events every year. One of those, his favorite, is happening today: Free Bikes for Kids, an event that takes place at locations across Allina Health.
At the Free Bikes for Kids event, as Brad explains it, “Every fall, at our hospital, we’ll have a drop-off where people can drop off bikes in any condition, and then we just fix it up for the kids. We do the giveaway in the spring, and then we just kinda repeat the cycle.”
Beyond the organized races, he rides to train and for fun. Just recently, he added a new ride to his repertoire. “Bought a commuter bike, so if the weather is cooperating better, I’ll be doing that more. It’s only three miles to work.” Making it official: Brad can now bring his love for bikes to work with him each and every day.
Gio Martinez spent the first eight years of his life in war-torn El Salvador. Today, he brings his gratitude and sense of family with him every day.