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A nurse struggled with COVID-19 trauma. He was found dead in his car

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Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB. Has 30 years experience.

pixierose, BSN, RN

Specializes in ED, psych. Has 4 years experience.

So heartbreaking. May he finally find his peace.

Working on a COVID unit, and being immunocompromised, I’ve felt that very real fear. Hearing a code and feeling that frustration as you’re trying to quickly pull on that PPE (that same PPE you've been wearing for more than a week), knowing seconds count. I’ve also felt that social isolation ... hearing those voices rise saying “oh well, you can quarantine but not me, the (insert young/healthy/whatever other misinformed descriptor of why someone won’t wear a mask or practice universal precautions).”

There will be multiple types of victims to this virus; we need to work together to protect each other. Sadly, this won’t happen.

We will need some extra efforts spent helping these workers deal with their traumatic stress.

Tait, MSN, RN

Specializes in Acute Care Cardiac, Education, Prof Practice. Has 14 years experience.

I was just talking to my CNO yesterday about stress management. Apparently my hospital is reporting the highest levels of moral distress in our hospital system. I recently started exploring our resources and found classes on leadership in COVID, 4 am zooms with yoga, HIIT, and Barre trainers. So I am planning a week long mental health resources push for the first week of June. I am going to get out there and let our staff know what is available.