RN Case Manager
I am discharging people at a rate that is unprecedented, in conditions that are more than limited (lack of staffing in home care, backlogs in DME, virtual PCP follow ups, hospices that are beyond full, and EMS systems that are challenged to provide transport). AND WE ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE to the peak of this. I am stunned that we could be caught so off-guard.
Why are we beholden as professionals to the whims of political leaders. As a scientific community, preaching evidence-based care--how did this happen?
I got my first mask (one, that was produced by our OR nurses out of work d/t the limits on elective surgery) two weeks into my treating active Covid. I am outraged.
The nurses as heroine or angel talk turns my stomach. We need to be outraged!
Ethically, I am very torn. My professional role is to support and protect patients and their families. I do not want to scare or contribute to panic and hoarding. But I am seeing a disaster in the making and if I am honest, people will be frightened. How do I balance these responsibilities?
I am the lifeline between families and the hospital. The docs are overloaded. I am making these calls, and they are heartbreaking. There is no APP that can help address the waterfall of grief I listen to all day. My co-workers have their own stress and we don't have time to talk and process. If you aren't in it, you can't imagine it. My hospital sent me a mental health app--offering me a 10 minute guided meditation of a forest walk. Seriously? This is a mental health emergency. I can only relate to the first responders in 911--that didn't work so well for them, did it?