COVID-19 Through the Eyes of a First-Year Nurse
As a first-year nurse in the intensive care unit, Molly never would’ve guessed she’d be in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. She cares for the most critically ill in her unit. But, with underlying conditions herself, it makes her job that much more dangerous.
Changes in a Typical Shift
When asked what her typical day at work looks like now, she stressed hyperawareness, “What am I touching? What’s around? Don’t touch your face. We are constantly cleaning.”
She changes her clothes and shoes at work. “Nothing from the hospital comes into the house,” she says, careful not to put her family at risk. “I try not to touch the food in the kitchen. I’m not making food as much.”
Social Distancing – Please Just Do It
Molly broke down the importance of social distancing when she said, “The idea of social distancing is to reduce the number of people you come in contact with. You could be asymptomatic and hanging out with your friends who are also ‘quarantined,’ so you think you’re not giving it to anybody. Meanwhile, you might be a carrier and spread it to those people, and then they’re going home to their families.”
She acknowledges the frustration that might come with social distancing but urges that if we stay home now, the curve could be flattened and there might be a summer to enjoy.
Her gratitude towards her community’s support of essential workers is high. She recognized firefighters, police officers, and other first responders who put their lives on the line while also taking the time out of their shifts to celebrate nurses. She was also appreciative of how quickly restaurants adjusted to continue to stay in business while safely protecting their employees and customers, highlighting Ron’s Bar and Grille in Exton, PA.
At the Very Heart of It
Molly’s been a nurse for less than a year. However, she’s steadfast in why she continues to care for those in the wake of Covid-19. “I love to help the people that we have. Especially right now, their families can’t be there, and it’s so crazy the trust that patients have with nurses. Knowing that I can be that support system for that patient at this time is really nice.”
The idea of being sick in a hospital without any family around is frightening to say the least. But, Molly details the “small,” nonmedical acts, that go so far to help patients feel more at ease. It’s these acts of love that make nurses so special. Here at Koi-Fly, we’re excited and humbled to highlight these extraordinary people. We hope you enjoy the full interview, which you can listen or watch below. Or listen on Spotify or Apple Podcast.
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