Heather has worked in an ICU unit for the past two years as a registered nurse. She has had the honor of taking care of patients in their most vulnerable time from helping save lives to helping others as they pass away.
She said “It is exciting to see patients graduate from ICU and get out to the floor or even go home, and it is humbling and rewarding taking care of someone in their last moments when you have done everything you can to make them comfortable with family around.”
Nursing with Covid-19 patients has been different in unexpected way. Because the family can’t be there to offer comfort to patients, Heather sees herself as more than “just” the nurse now. The hospital staff become the patient’s only shoulders to cry on, their major support system, and their family.
Talk about timing! Taylor B, a Radiology Registered Nurse in Madison, WI, is expecting her first child in October. Taylor shares that pregnant nurses need to be especially careful to follow all CDC guidelines as to what PPE to wear.
There were only two stages of grief for one runner when the Milwaukee Running Group shut down daily group workouts last month. For Olivia Spring first came “sadness” then came “let’s do something about it.” Olivia's idea to get herself out of the funk was to go to a map and plotted a street run that would draw one out of her favorite things -- a cat.
Erin is an RN and Charge Nurse at the COVID ICU at Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee. She works long shifts coordinating and providing care for Milwaukee’s sickest Covid-19 patients. Above all of the usual work and caring challenges of working in a tertiary ICU, Erin and her teammates face the personal challenge of knowing they could also contract COVID-19....
Thank you to the many, many nurses in the ICU who gave me the very best care. I wish I could remember them all by name, as I am so very grateful for each one. And, of course, my two superhero pulmonologists, Dr. Randy O and Dr. Jason R, who worked tirelessly to help him fight this horrific battle and win!
Holly has a Masters of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and is a certified professional in patient safety. Holly has been a dedicated nurse for 20 years. Holly, Director of Safety and Infection Prevention, is working to keep the patients and staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin safe during the pandemic. During the COVID-19 crisis, Holly has worked to set up new safety protocols...
Justin is a paramedic, fire fighter for the city of Milwaukee. He, along with all the other fire fighters and paramedics out there are risking themselves for the wellbeing of other people. This virus has a HUGE impact on all the fire departments and their call volume. The house he’s stationed at will get between 18-20 calls for paramedics; not much sleep there! I worry about him and that he...
LK has always had compassion for helping others. In this very scary time, she continues to put herself out there for others unaware of what each day presents. She works at a clinic with their PACE program which is seeing patients in the clinic and in their homes. She coordinates care with patients and their families for patients to remain in their homes and out of the hospital.
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