Submitted by McGill
October 27, 2020

I worked as a New Grad on a surgical unit in Montreal. Because surgery was not being performed due to increase in COVID cases, we were a COVID unit. My first shifts I did not have access to an N95 mask as I was not fitted yet. We did our best to orient me but I had to be oriented to the COVID unit and then when we did the switch back to surgery  I needed to be reoriented. Given COVID, we had some decrease in patient load which helped get a better sense of the unit and how to manage our time. But it was definitely an experience to be a new grad working on a unit for the first time, no longer being able to live at home, not having the staff or the equipment, doing overtime and all 3 shifts in the same week, etc.