Married couple provide nursing care at Cone Health: ‘Always had a heart for people’

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GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) — A Greensboro couple have spent the pandemic caring for some of the county’s sickest patients.

“It’s so scary. If I hadn’t had someone to lean on for support, I don’t think I could have gone as far as I have,” Princess Conty said on Monday.

FOX8 spoke with Princess and her husband Jason during National Nurses Week.

“We’ve always had a heart for people,” Jason said.

It was one of the qualities that brought the couple together while still in nursing school in Virginia. Jason and Princess shared a study group before becoming a couple.

They took traveling nursing positions across the country for several years and arrived in Orlando just before the pandemic hit.

“It was definitely nerve-wracking. At the same time, the emotional part was tough. You restrict visitors and you’re not used to having that, especially when patients aren’t feeling well,” Jason said. “Having to deal with this on your own away from your family members in a place where you don’t live permanently…would have been difficult for us”

“It was nice to also have someone who understands me and who I can talk to at home. Not necessarily all the time but to share my experience,” added Princess.

Working in a floating pool where they were needed, the Contys also cared for patients together.

“The big thing I learned from Jason is actually compassion for patients. I learned that he always tries to learn something new about…every patient he cares for, as I used to do my job and get through the day,” Princess said.

After five years of traveling, the couple bought a house in Greensboro and work together at Cone Health.

“I miss traveling. But at the same time, I’m enjoying this part of our life right now,” Princess said.

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