Working on a Covid-19 floor

Submitted by McGill University
October 22, 2020

My unit, a surgical/oncology floor, was transformed into a red zone to care for covid-19 patients. In my city, my hospital, the Jewish General Hospital, was the designated covid-19 hospital due to its negative pressures room in the whole building. Also, in my city, the nursing homes were badly impacted by covid-19 and we mostly received elderly people on my floor. It was a very difficult time because these individuals were passing away by themselves, no family or friends allowed, only facetime surrounded by nurses. One day, June 15th, 2020, I had 3 of my 4 patients that passed away in 12hours. It was definitely the most devastating day of my short nursing career. I held their hands when I had a feeling that they were passing away and it was the only thing that I could do, being the only person present. This experience gave me the opportunity to realize how much family is important in the hospital and dying alone is a very big fear for our patients.

-Janvi Patel