CHI Health St. Francis frontline workers detail COVID-19 experiences

Some, taking on extra shifts to contribute all they can to keep patients alive and healthy.
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As Grand Island continues to see COVID–19 cases rise, nurses on the front line at CHI St. Francis describe the challenges they are facing.

“It’s very challenging its very emotional, patients families can’t be there. We have to be there support and it takes a lot from us as well,” Jordan Tjaden, an emergency department nurse said.

Some, taking on extra shifts to contribute all they can to keep patients alive and healthy. Even isolating themselves from their families to keep others safe.

“I know that I have personally not seen my family. I haven’t seen my friends. I’m not so much necessarily worried about myself but I’m worried about those I care about,” Tjaden said.

One ICU nurse detailing just how serious, this virus can be.

“We’re seeing the sickest of the sick. It doesn’t matter your age, your commodities, your underlying health issues. It’s taking people down and it takes them down quickly. They can go from not requiring any oxygen to requiring a ventilator in an hour,” ICU Nurse Katie Kingsley said.

Each of them saying how difficult it can be for the families whose loved one is in ICU, having their only communication be through FaceTime.

CHI Health St. Francis President Ed Hannon said there are about 30 people in the Grand Island hospital with COVID–19.

They said they aren’t at capacity and do have enough PPE for employees and patients.

 

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