Nurses Share Stories From The Coronavirus Surge

Dec 1, 2020
Originally published on December 1, 2020 2:45 pm

Nine months. 13 million cases. More than 260,000 deaths. How are health care workers doing? We talk with nurses about what they’ve seen, and how they’ve endured.  


Juan Anchondo, medical-surgical floor nurse at the Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. During the pandemic, he’s taken care of COVID-19 patients and has been floated to the COVID floor every two weeks.

Mary Jo Kelly, critical care clinical nurse specialist at the University of Washington Medical Center — Northwest Campus. (@UWMedicine)

Ellen Arigorat, clinical nurse informaticist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She was redeployed to go back to bedside in April and May.

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Adam Hohman, a North Dakota-based nurse practitioner who works in rural Minnesota.

Nina Geiss, nursing assistant in Orange County, New York.

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New York Times: “Nurses Are at High Risk for Covid Among Health Workers, C.D.C. Says” — “Among health care workers, nurses in particular have been at significant risk of contracting Covid-19, according to a new analysis of hospitalized patients by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Washington Post: “Some places were short on nurses before the virus. The pandemic is making it much worse.” — “In Bismarck, N.D., where Leslie McKamey is a nurse in the emergency department at CHI St. Alexius Health, caregivers have been so overwhelmed by covid-19 patients in the past few weeks that ambulances are sometimes diverted to the other major hospital in town.”

Associated Press: “Hospitals competing for nurses as US coronavirus cases surge” — “As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the nation and infections and hospitalizations rise, medical administrators are scrambling to find enough nursing help — especially in rural areas and at small hospitals.”

CNN: “Covid-19 is taking a devastating toll on Filipino American nurses” — “Nearly a third of the nurses who’ve died of coronavirus in the US are Filipino, even though Filipino nurses make up just 4% of the nursing population nationwide.”

Hartford Courant: “With COVID-19 surging in Connecticut, health care workers at local hospitals feel the anxiety rising” — “As COVID-19 surges in Connecticut once again, Sherri Dayton, a registered nurse at the Plainfield Emergency Care Center, is dreading the coming winter.”

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