And that’s all who’s hiring right now in healthcare around here - travel nurses for hospitals, hospice and COVID nursing homes. No thank you! They’re calling us heroes during this disaster, but I resent the growing expectation that healthcare workers should be falling all over ourselves to work in these high risk facilities without a second thought. This sh!* is mentally and emotionally draining!
They promise you PPE but it’s still in short supply and you’re asked to reuse certain things. People are only being tested if they’re actively showing one of the three most common symptoms. Never mind that you can be asymptomatic and a carrier of the virus and exposing others.
Before I leave my shift, I go through a mental check list - wipe down my station, work phone and the cart. When I leave, I wipe the elevator buttons with disinfectant. When I get in my car, I wipe down all of the touch points in my car, put all disposables in a daily trash bag in the back seat and put my masks in a paper bag. Then I just sit for a minute or two to decompress. Last week, I was so emotionally and physically tired that I had to call my husband just to hear the reassurance and support in his voice.