August 16th, 2020
We was never prepared, in spite of preparing. We need to always be sure from this year on that we realize what can happen in these pandemics and not be so lax to think it won't happen here (USA). So much I can say, it all boils to ill preparation. Lack of ability to test initially.. no PPE, no guidelines... Daily, sometimes hourly changes- no clear guidance..
Same with my facilty. Sounded so ready, plans, partitions in the units. But plan changed minute to minute, no communication, every one felt off balance, not knowing what to do. Scared. Then frustrated angry. Now dangerous practice with the surge. Nurses taking dangerous short cuts in practice just to survive the night.