I am a Registered Nurse and Nurse-Midwfery/ Nurse Practitioner student living in New York City. I am a student at Frontier Nursing University. In mid-March, I was told by the hospital where I was assigned for my clinical rotations in the Bronx, were no longer allowing student clinical rotations. I was only 14 births away from graduating. With that news, I decided to switch from a part-time schedule to a full time schedule at my RN position at Planned Parenthood, but I was furloughed 2 weeks later.
I have been living in New York City for 10 years, and I wanted to help out with the health crisis going on in my home city, especially since we are the most hard-hit by the pandemic. I took a RN position working at the Javits Center Medical Station, working alongside the US military. This is a large convention center (it hosts the famous NYC ComicCon!) that they have turned into a makeshift hospital to take the COVID-19 patient overflow from all of the NYC area hospitals.
I love the nursing work and direct patient care that I provide and the team that I work with, although the emotional and physical toll can be challenging at times. I am living alone in a hotel in order to prevent my loved ones from getting sick and I work overtime every week. I know that what I am doing is important and meaningful, and I will continue to do it as long as I am able to, until hopefully the virus is under control and we can go back to normal. I try to be brave every single day.
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