Pandemic Lessons: What's it like to be a Covid nurse now?

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Pandemic Lessons: What's it like to be a Covid nurse now?
Tim O'Shei Jun 7, 2021

When one of her patients was being discharged last week from Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Sarah Dempsey, a registered nurse, stepped into the hallway to get a mask. The patient didn’t have Covid-19, but was still required to wear a mask while leaving the hospital.

Dempsey couldn’t find a mask outside the room. That’s unusual. When the pandemic began, every room on the floor had a caddy outside the door stacked with gowns, gloves and masks. That garb was donned, and then thrown away, each time a nurse entered or exited a Covid room. If a patient needed a mask, a nurse would grab one there, too.

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