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    New to the field and feeling guilty

    Hi all, First off, I want to thank everyone on this forum for sharing their experiences. I thought long and hard about posting this because my experience seems trivial, but I wanted to share my thoughts anyway. I’m not a nurse (yet, I just got accepted to a BSN program), but am currently an on-call NA at a SUDS facility. I was really excited about this job, as I want to work in public health as a nurse, but then covid hit and I’m becoming increasingly weary of going to work. We are still admitting patients from the general public. Most are unhoused folks who are severely immunocompromised, and we have no way of testing them during admission. It’s a temp and symptom screen only. There are policies put in place to encourage social distancing at mitigate spread, but the facility still houses very vulnerable people in a dorm setting. I’m becoming increasingly worried that the virus will be brought into the clinic and spread like wildfire among these compromised patients. Or even that I’m a carrier and I have already/will infect patients or my coworkers. Management continues to maintain that we are low risk, but I just can’t shake this bad feeling of impending disaster. I feel like I’m being gaslit with no ground to stand on, and that I am abandoning my duty to help these people who are struggling. Policies are constantly changing with miscommunication, and I haven’t even been fully trained on all of my job duties. Some workers in our clinic were able to get properly fitted N95s, but then I was told surgical masks are more than acceptable and I’m not able to get fitted. I know we aren’t an active covid facility, but how can we know that for sure? PPE is now locked up and only accessible via the management. I’ve had the same non-fitted N95 and face shield for weeks. I feel so strongly that I want to help people, but I also don’t want to risk my health or the health of my patients right now. I don’t want to add to the surge of cases in my community. I also feel like our PPE could be put to use in our local hospitals, and that I don’t deserve to wear any at all because I’m not working with known covid+ patients. Long story short, I’m scared too, but I feel guilty for being scared because I’ve been told I’m not in that much danger. I don’t know what to think or what information to trust at this point, and I am prepared to walk away.
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    Linfield ABSN 2020

    I found it - thanks!
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    Linfield ABSN 2020

    @askingallthequestions I can’t find the FB page! Is it private? Would you mind DMing me a link to join?
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    Linfield ABSN Summer 2020 Cohort

    Hi @askingallthequestions I also accepted my offer of admission! Under the status update link on the portal there was a formal letter detailing the admission and next steps for admission compliance. I have faith that Linfield will definitely be able to handle having a cohort in the midst of the COVID crisis. We may have to start online, but I think it will work out.
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    Linfield ABSN 2020

    I’m accepted!!! WOW! I’m in shock, can’t meet you all soon! For folks on the waitlist, I heard they go through most of it since a lot of people accepted admission at other schools around the same time. Fingers crossed for you!!
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    Linfield ABSN 2020

    Sure! I have a current 4.0 pre-req GPA (I'm finishing up my last two lab classes this quarter), a year and a half of volunteer experience at Providence Portland, and a variety of non-medical work/volunteer experience. My undergrad GPA from years ago is a 3.1. I think Linfield looks at a variety of factors for admission, so I wouldn't worry! I don't have the best undergrad GPA, but I tried my best during my pre-reqs and hope that will count for something. I know this whole process is difficult for everyone. Taking really hard classes, working on applications in your spare time, and then waiting diligently for admission decisions is exhausting. Hang tight, we should know so soon!
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    Linfield ABSN 2020

    Hi Michelle! I applied for the 2020 ABSN cohort as well! Super nervous/excited to hear back. Anyone have an idea as to when we will receive decision letters?

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