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How Clinicians Across the Country are Experiencing – and Responding to – COVID-19

As the pandemic takes a toll on hospitals around the nation, healthcare professionals need each other’s support now more than ever. Whether you are looking to get inspired, to motivate your co-workers or to simply find comfort in community, take a look at these providers’ powerful experiences and innovations on the frontline:

“We’re really, desperately trying to find the light at the end of this tunnel.”

Watch how one float nurse came up with the idea for “hope huddles” to boost morale amongst her colleagues:

“Anyone feeling this way?”

Read these clinicians’ accounts of exhaustion and uncertainty on the job as a reminder that your fears are warranted and that you are not alone:

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I broke down and cried today. I cried of exhaustion, of defeat. Because after 4 years of being an ER nurse, I suddenly feel like I know nothing. Because my face hurts after wearing an N95 for 13 fucking hours, which happens to be the same N95 I wore yesterday for 12.5 hours, and the same one from all last week. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard the statement “but this is what you signed up for”. Just, no. I signed up to take care of sick patients, yes. I did not sign up to be unprotected by their sickness (although my hospital is busting their asses to try to protect us). I did not sign up to be yelled at by angry patients because our government failed to be prepared. I did not sign up to risk mine and my family’s health and safety because people wanted to go on their vacations after they said NOT to. An ER nurse in New York died today of COVID-19. He was in his 40s and had very mild asthma. That’s it. This is not just a tall tale, this is the real risk. I have to go into every patient’s room and in the back of my mind I think “this could be the patient that gets me sick… that kills me”. “This could be the patient that gives me the virus I bring home to my children or asthmatic husband”. This is my new reality. But this is only the beginning. We haven’t even scratched the surface of the impact of what this illness is going to make on our country. And I’m scared.

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“No hands were touched in the making of this video.”

Here’s a collection of healthcare heroes that will be sure to make you smile:

“You’ll get through it.”

A nurse in Alabama documented her experience at a drive-in testing site:

“This could have all been prevented.”

Get inspired by these powerful calls to action by hospital staff, concerning ongoing shortages in personal protective gear:

“I feel like I’m walking into the unknown”

And let’s not forget about our #StudentNurses:

Finally, take a moment for yourself.

Your hard work will not be forgotten. Listen to the sounds of appreciation, echoing from across the country:

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