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With Nurses Wearing PPE, Human Connection Feels Different at Ellis ICU

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Nurses across the country are doing things that are not always part of their job description, things textbooks just don't teach.

“You have to be flexible, and you have to be able to think on your feet and see the whole picture, instead of just the thing in front of you,” said Ellis Medicine intensive care unit nurse Brittany McGowan.

That whole picture now includes connecting patients with family using tablets, or using personal cell phones so their COVID-19 patients can hear the voices of their loved ones.

“It's probably been the toughest thing for me just to kind of be a bridge between the family members and the families,” said Ellis ICU nurse Elizabeth Wyman, “and it's tough because people are trying to make life-and-death decisions, and they can't see their families.”

 

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