Local business owner organizes support for nurses after Dallas hospital shooting

As more details are released about the Dallas Methodist health care workers who have died, there are efforts to support their colleagues.

Rachel Witherspoon-Monk said she had to do something to show these nurses they were valued.

She was at Methodist Dallas on Saturday morning for a breast cancer event.

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“They said, ‘Run, run! There’s a shooter. There’s a shooter.’ So we just ran. I ran almost a mile down the road,” she said.

Witherspoon-Monk is also a registered nurse who has worked in healthcare for seven years. She now owns Cloud Nine Cart, a mobile cotton candy company.

She said she was still in shock after Saturday’s shooting and couldn’t stop thinking about healthcare workers who are having to return to work after losing their colleagues.

She went back to the hospital as soon as it was safe and saw the distraught staff. She knew she had to help.

“These nurses will work to help and get their jobs done. All I could do is just hug and say, ‘I’m so sorry.’ The look on her face was like a ghost,” Witherspoon-Monk said. “I thought this would be a no-brainer for me. These nurses have to go back to work now. It does not stop. It’s 24/7 365.”

She is accepting donations and working with other providers to plan an event to support nurses in the coming weeks.

“This is our brand – spreading joy to the world. I tell people we’re some cotton candy and lots of joy. There is much darkness in the world. If we can be the light, we will do it,” Witherspoon-Monk said.

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The employees who died were just doing their jobs.

Jacqueline Pokuaa was a 45-year-old social worker. She was shot while entering the new mother’s room to perform routine duties.

Nurse Katie Flowers, walking past Annette, heard the shots, looked around the room and was then shot dead in the hallway.

Flowers was a mother and grandmother. Her daughter said the family is not yet ready to talk about what happened.

Methodist hasn’t said how long each of the employees worked there.

Witherspoon-Monk said anyone interested in helping out with the event should contact her directly on Instagram or via email.

SHORTCUT: www.instagram.com/cloudninecart/


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