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COVID-19: A Personal and Professional Perspective

Nursing administration quarterly | 12 Feb 2021

L Poncin and KA Bower
Abstract
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions of Americans, including health care staff. This article traces the experience of 1 nurse leader as she falls ill, only to learn that she has, indeed, been infected with the virus. She describes her 4-week quarantine, including the impact on her family and her attempts to continue to support her staff. As she recovers from the acute onslaught of COVID, the focus shifts back to her nurse leader role. In this role, she and her colleagues manage the logistics of caring for more than 150 COVID-positive patients a day in the 719-bed academic medical center. This included staffing the hospital, given the extreme challenges of staff availability limited by concerns such as school closings and at-risk family members. Now with the hospital’s daily volume of COVID-positive patients greatly reduced, there is an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned, including what went well during the peak of the crisis and where there were opportunities. Leadership and staff are experiencing a sense of pride at their exceptional care of this complex population, even while exploring opportunities to be even better prepared should COVID erupt once again.
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