A Nurses Day in the Hospital with COVID

Michelle Jaqua

We work to heal you from COVID, and you have a responsibility to work on not spreading the virus


I went to work today, and was placed on the COVID floor again.

The pandemic is getting worse here. Across the country, the numbers of COVID hospitalizations and deaths are increasing. Where I work is no different.

A COVID diagnosis doesn't mean that you're immediately hospitalized. There are too many people with COVID and not enough hospital beds. When a person with diagnosed COVID comes into the hospital, we only admit them if they need medical treatment.

The J-curve of cases is creating chaos. Not only are there more patients in the hospital, but the assisted living facilities where the elderly live are also increasing in positive cases. The system is starting to get overloaded, and soon it will break.

Along with that, people — and I mean the people who care for the sick — are also getting overloaded. We are going to work every day knowing that we are walking into a risky game of Russian Roulette. However, we continue to take care of people who are getting infected and sick, putting ourselves at risk for the sake of helping people recover from this virus.

We as healthcare workers do this in good faith. That means that we believe when the patient goes home, they will take care to isolate themselves so they don’t knowingly pass the COVID elsewhere.

Well, that isn’t necessarily the case.

A physician I work with came up to me to ask me for help. She was frustrated because one of her COVID patient, who was still contagious but feeling better, and was going home. Giving instruction to self-isolate, she's decided not to isolate herself when she goes home. The patient had a very important project she was working on that involved others. She would need to be in close contact with them. In no uncertain terms, she disregarded the medical advice.

It didn't occur to me that not only will someone not self-isolate, but also may even purposely expose themselves to others without those others knowing. Why? Because they don’t care, they are selfish, or maybe they don’t believe it’s a big deal.

Well, I beg to differ. It’s a big, fucking deal.

I’m beside myself about it. And my hands are tied, because…HIPAA.

It’s a good thing I don’t drink or I may be drowning in a bottle of something right now.

Comments / 0

Published by

Michelle Jaqua is a freelance writer who lives in the beautiful state of Oregon. She writes about a variety of news and happenings in the Pacific Northwest, along with some PNW history and fun facts. Subscribe to her page and get her posts in your email.


More from Michelle Jaqua

Comments / 0