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Colby recently interviewed registered nurse Sandy Stanek and certified nurse assistant Caroline Hinkle, who shared their experiences working on the hospital’s first dedicated COVID-19 unit.
Topics include caring for patients, communicating with patient family members, donning and doffing personal protective equipment and community support.
A four-year Silver Cross veteran, Stanek was one of the first nurses to care for a COVID-19 patient at Silver Cross back in mid-March.
She described the experience as surreal and the unit as quiet with just a single patient. But before the day was over, the census grew to five patients, and today, Silver Cross is providing care for COVID patients on the sixth floor, in the intensive care unit and in other select units within the hospital.
Hinkle, who’s been a certified nursing assistant at Silver Cross for the past year, demonstrated how to put on and take off personal protective equipment to care for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the 12-minute video.
And while the hospital has visitor restrictions in place, Stanek reassured viewers that they’re keeping the lines of communication open “by making sure we speak with the family members throughout the day.”
In fact, they’ve even helped set up calls between patients and loved ones, including FaceTime communication.
"I know it’s not the same, but it’s the best that we can do right now,” Stanek said in the video.
The two also mentioned how much the community support has meant to them and the hospital as a whole.
“Twice now I’ve been able to witness the wonderful car parades that have come by with balloons and the kids screaming out ‘thank you’ and the posters. It’s all been really comforting,” Stanek said in the video.
Hinkle added in the video, "The letters and notes from the community really make you feel like you’re doing something."
To watch the entire video, visit bit.ly/3c4fVac.
Other videos in the series include "Therapy and COVID-19," "Emergencies and COVID-19," "Respiratory Therapy and COVID-19," "Surgery and COVID-19," "Nursing and COVID-19," "Intensive Care and COVID-19," EMS Response and COVID-19," "Pregnancy and COVID-19" and Command Center Response and COVID-19," among others.
For the entire video series, follow Silver Cross on YouTube, and for more information, visit .silvercross.org