I’m a registered nurse at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI working on the inpatient gynecology/urology/oncology floor. Most of our patients used to be post-surgical.
Now that COVID is happening all non-emergent surgeries have been cancelled so our unit has not been very full lately. But we have a new normal.
We have to wear masks as soon as we are in the building and for the entire shift. We also wear eye protection and gloves in every patient room, more PPE for CPAP’s overnight, which takes a lot of time.
I’m doing so so. My floor does not directly take care of the COVID population but it is very possible that someone who tested negative one day could be positive the next. It’s a bit scary going into work because there are so many unknowns, but I’m a nurse because I want to help people. I’m not running away when the going gets tough.
I’m also a huge hugger so social distancing isn’t my favorite thing and I can’t wait to hug everyone again! I wasn’t surprised when Milwaukee's IrishFest cancelled, but I would be lying if I said it didn’t hurt! It’s my favorite weekend of the year, where you can find me teaching Ceili. I grew up Irish dancing so keeping it in my life is very important (my daughter has been dancing since she was 4 and she’s now 11).
I do think mental health services for all of us at the hospital would be fabulous, it is stressful not knowing what will happen. I know there have been meals delivered to my co-workers which is such a help. There are nights we can’t leave to grab food at our cafe overnight because there are only two of us in the floor or are too busy. I appreciate IrishFest for all they do! I don’t consider myself a hero. I’m just doing what I always do! I’m always an ear who listens or a shoulder to cry on if needed even if it looks a little differently than it used to. I hate wearing a mask all the time because patients can’t see my face!
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.
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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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