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Local nurses get recognition

A month dedicated to nurses for their hard work

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Local nurses have something new to look forward to. Yuma County Board of Supervisors honors local nurses for their hard work during the pandemic by proclaiming this May as Yuma County Nurses Month.

Nurses are often the middle-ground between doctors and patients. They are there to help patients medically, but also to comfort them through a difficult time, big or small.

The announcement was made Monday at the Board of Supervisors meeting. Yuma County Public Health Services District Director Diana Gomez also chimed in, thanking the nurses for working with numerous patients during such a scary and unpredictable time.

"Publicly thank all our nurses throughout the County who have done an amazing job through this pandemic and in response to our pandemic response. Our NAU, AWC, and ASU students who really stepped up, helped us from day one with our vaccination, with our testing," says YCPHSD Director Diana Gomez.

The proclamation was signed by Board of Supervisors Chairman Marco Tony Reyes.

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Arlette Yousif

Arlette Yousif joined KYMA in November 2020 as a Multi Media Journalist. She holds a BA in Journalism with a minor in Film. In 2019, she completed her internship at KLAS, a CBS affiliate station in Las Vegas.

While Arlette’s first love is writing, she is no stranger to the camera. Her background consists of acting, singing, hosting and even working for a major music producer. Even still, Arlette has worked in many different fields ranging from food service to hospitality and property management. Her first job was at her family restaurant when she was 14 years old. She danced around outside dressed as a clown waving a pizza box for the grand-reopening.

Arlette was born and raised in Southern California and spent about 6 years in Nevada before moving to Yuma.

You can reach out to Arlette for inquiries at arlette.yousif@kecytv.com.

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Mercedes Martinez

Mercedes Martinez joined the KSWT team as anchor/producer in October 2020. You can catch her on 13 On Your Side at 4:00pm.

Mercedes was born in San Diego and raised in the border-town of Calexico, California. She is an Imperial Valley native and definitely no stranger to Yuma county.

Mercedes began her journalism career at San Jose State University as she was a part of their campus newscast that aired every Friday, joined “El Espartano Noticias,” and was an on-air talent for the San Jose Film Festival in 2017. Her highlight during that time was the opportunity to interview actress, Jane Lynch.

Mercedes then continued her journey to CSU Sacramento and received her B.A in Journalism and minor in Communication Studies. She did an internship with Telemundo in Sacramento, which allowed her to gain experience and build relationships.

Mercedes believes that everyone has a story and should use their voice to tell it and inspire others.

Outside of work, Mercedes spends time with her friends and family. She is passionate about cooking, baking, traveling, playing guitar and writing songs.

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