Medical professionals have adjusted to a wave of challenges as they work on the entrance traces of the battle towards COVID-19. Private protecting tools (PPE) obscures folks’s faces apart from the eyes. Sufferers aren’t in a position to see their family members in particular person. And communication is finished digitally.
These are among the realities that College of North Georgia (UNG) alumni who work in hospitals have confronted.
Miranda Cantrell is an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse who spends three 12-hour shifts per week taking good care of COVID-19 sufferers at Northeast Georgia Medical Middle (NGMC) Braselton. She earned a level in psychology with a minor in criminal justice from UNG in 2010 earlier than incomes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2017.
“The instructors in UNG’s nursing program offered me with hands-on data that enables me to adapt to every state of affairs I encounter as a nurse,” Cantrell stated. “Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, my instructional expertise from UNG has been invaluable.”
Wilson Pierce, ’17, who earned a BSN from UNG, works as a nurse within the emergency room at NGMC Gainesville. He was in self-quarantine for 9 days in March as a result of he was uncovered to COVID-19, however he examined adverse. He stated NGMC has labored arduous to maintain COVID-19 sufferers separate from different sufferers to restrict the illness’s unfold.
Wilson Pierce, a nurse; Angela Roach, a paramedic; and Kim Canupp, a nurse, are among the UNG alumni who work at Northeast Georgia Medical Middle Gainesville.
Pierce’s experiences inside and out of doors the classroom at UNG have come in useful in such a turbulent time.
“The simulation lab, in addition to my expertise working for Leisure Sports activities as an intramural official and finally a supervisor offered management alternatives and possibilities to study on the fly,” Pierce stated. “These experiences at UNG ready me to serve in such a singular state of affairs, and I am grateful for my time as a scholar there.”
Pierce appreciates the outpouring of provides and encouragement the medical discipline has obtained.
“We have had a extremely good response, and the neighborhood has been very useful,” Pierce stated. “It has been good to see the neighborhood come collectively and help the well being care and emergency employees.”
“It has been very troublesome,” stated Angela Roach, ’16, who earned an affiliate diploma in clinical health sciences from UNG and works as a paramedic within the emergency room at NGMC Gainesville. “We’re not used to being scared. We’re terrified of the unknown. We’re terrified of bringing the virus house to our households.”
Cantrell stated it’s troublesome for households who solely see their family members on FaceTime at specified instances every day. Cantrell’s daughter, who will flip 7 this month, expressed issues about her work. Cantrell has leaned on her religion to navigate caring for COVID-19 sufferers and talk along with her household concerning the dangers.
“She is aware of what’s taking place,” Cantrell stated. “Mommy takes care of these people who find themselves sick and will die.”
— to ung.edu