Tag: Nursing and Nurses

This Nurse is Leading the Fight for Safer Hospitals

“As a nurse, there are just times when it’s very intuitive. You just sense that something catastrophic is going to happen.” — Bonnie Castillo, the executive director of National Nurses United In Her Words is available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. This article is a collaboration between […]

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‘It’s Not The Virus’: Mexico’s Broken Hospitals Become Killers, Too

The senseless deaths torment doctors and nurses the most: The man who died because an inexperienced nurse unplugged his ventilator. The patient who died from septic shock because no one monitored his vital signs. The people whose breathing tubes clogged after being abandoned in their hospital beds for hours on end. In Mexico, it’s not […]

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Healed Our Broken Family

My brother, sister and I wouldn’t even answer the phone when our parents would call us. Years of damage from our father’s violence, years of disappointment at our mother’s acquiescence, years of their tag-team invalidation of our hurt had left us estranged from them but inseparable as siblings. But when my brother texted me and […]

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My Cancer Doesn’t Care About the Coronavirus

There is a checkpoint as you enter the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where I am being treated for cancer of the prostate and lymph nodes. With all but two sets of doors to the building locked shut, patients are corralled into an area roped off from the rest of the […]

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‘I Can’t Turn My Brain Off’: PTSD and Burnout Threaten Medical Workers

The coronavirus patient, a 75-year-old man, was dying. No family member was allowed in the room with him, only a young nurse. In full protective gear, she dimmed the lights and put on quiet music. She freshened his pillows, dabbed his lips with moistened swabs, held his hand, spoke softly to him. He wasn’t even […]

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How a Nurse Who Gives Last Rites Spends His Sundays

“No one is meant to see so much death that quickly,” said Yaakov Shereshevsky, an I.C.U. nurse at N.Y.U. Langone Health, where the coronavirus outbreak has taken a heavy toll. For a while, he said, eight floors — 34 beds on each floor — were devoted to Covid-19 patients, and they were at capacity. “At […]

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As Coronavirus Overruns Russia, Doctors Are Dying on the Front Lines

MOSCOW — Dr. Rimma Kamalova says her hospital’s leadership ignored her warnings about an unexplained pneumonia outbreak back in March. She kept working. The hospital admitted more than 50 people for planned procedures the day that the staff learned a deceased patient had tested positive for the coronavirus, records show. She kept working. The hospital […]

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A Young Doctor Fights to Survive the Coronavirus

Video by Alexander Stockton Dr. Andres Maldonado normally bounded into the Emergency Department, fit and vigorous, but this time he had to be escorted in, pale and fighting for breath, with a patient bracelet on his right wrist. A nurse, seeing her colleague struggle, burst into tears. Maldonado was 27, a third-year resident physician with […]

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Fertility Clinics Stay Open Despite Unclear Guidelines

Since March, fertility clinics across the country have halted treatments for tens of thousands of people because of Covid-19, forcing patients to suspend their family planning. In recent days, some clinics have reopened, resuming services and procedures despite ongoing coronavirus concerns. But shifting guidelines and minimal oversight have left clinics to decide for themselves when […]

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Inside a NYC Hospital Coronavirus Unit During the Pandemic

There is little respite for the nurses working with coronavirus patients at N.Y.U. Langone Health. Inside the recently opened Kimmel Pavilion in Manhattan, hundreds of patients rest in rooms designed to minimize infection. When the nurses do take a break, a soundtrack of wailing sirens reminds them what lies ahead on their return. On March […]

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Hundreds of Miles From Home, Nurses Fight the Coronavirus on New York’s Front Lines

Each night at dusk, in an otherwise desolate Times Square, hundreds of nurses in blue scrubs gather to board buses that take them to hospitals across New York City. And death. “I have never seen patients so sick before,’’ said Tamara Williams, a 40-year-old nurse from Dallas. “And dying, despite everything that we’re doing.” Even […]

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Health Workers Under Attack During Coronavirus Pandemic

MEXICO CITY — The veteran nurse went on national television to make a plea on behalf of her fellow health care workers: Please stop assaulting us. Nurses working under her auspices had been viciously attacked around Mexico at least 21 times, accused of spreading the coronavirus. Many were no longer wearing their uniforms as they […]

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One Rich N.Y. Hospital Got Warren Buffett’s Help. This One Got Duct Tape.

It has been hours since the 71-year-old man in Room 3 of the intensive care unit succumbed to Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. His body has been cleaned, packed in an orange bag and covered in a white sheet, but the overextended transport team from the morgue has yet to arrive. The nurses […]

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The Reason Hospitals Won’t Let Doctors and Nurses Speak Out

During the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s not just the risk of disease that has nurses and doctors worried. Across the country, thousands fear that speaking up about shortages of personal protective equipment and staff will lead to disciplinary action and possibly get them fired. Many hospitals have instituted gag orders to make it clear that publicly […]

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Inside the Troubled Nursing Home Where 70 Died and Body Bags Piled Up

When the coronavirus outbreak hit one of the largest and most troubled nursing homes in the Northeast, coughing and feverish residents were segregated into a wing known as South 2. The sick quickly filled the beds there, so another wing, West 3, was also turned into a quarantine ward. But the virus kept finding frail […]

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How Millions of Women Became the Most Essential Workers in America

Every day, Constance Warren stands behind the cold cuts counter at a grocery store in New Orleans, watching the regular customers come and go. They thank Ms. Warren and tell her they do not like being stuck indoors, waiting out the epidemic. She sells them honey-smoked turkey and smiles. It is good to have a […]

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The Last Words of a N.Y. Health Care Worker Who Died of Coronavirus

Lying in a hospital bed last month, Madhvi Aya understood what was happening to her. She had been a doctor in India, then trained to become a physician assistant after she immigrated to the United States. She had worked for a dozen years at Woodhull Medical Center, a public hospital in Brooklyn, where she could […]

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3 Vans, 6 Coolers, a Plane, a Storm and 2 Labs: A Nasal Swab’s Journey

The lines start forming the night before, as people with glassy eyes and violent coughs try to get tested for the virus. In the darkness, they park their cars, cut their engines and try to sleep. The backlog for coronavirus testing in New Jersey, the state with the second-highest caseload in the country, has been […]

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Hospitals Are Inundated. Foreign-Born Health Workers Are Blocked From Helping.

LOS ANGELES — Visa and airline ticket in hand, a Filipina nurse named Maria checked in recently for her flight from London to the United States, where a job awaited her as an intensive care nurse at a North Carolina hospital on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. But under the travel restrictions imposed […]

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Heartache in the Hot Zone: The Front Line Against Covid-19

Stretchers, row after row, comatose patients in isolation rooms. Every surface is dangerous and so is the air, especially during an intubation. “Every day, you’re thinking, am I going to get really sick? Am I going to recover? Am I going to be one of those young people that, for whatever reason, dies from this?” […]

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Life and Death as Hospitals Fight the Coronavirus in the Bronx

Video by Alexander Stockton, Zach Goldbaum and Michael Kirby Smith This is not a time to die. Terror, pain and loneliness mingle in the air with the coronavirus in the “hot zone” of the emergency department at Jack D. Weiler Hospital in the Bronx. The room is jammed with patients whose frightened eyes peer above […]

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In Detroit She’s a Hero. In Canada She’s Seen as a Potential Risk

OTTAWA — For most people, the pandemic has turned border crossing into an impossibility. But for Laurie Dufresne, who lives in Canada and works in the United States, it remains part of her daily commute. Ms. Dufresne is one of about 1,600 nurses and other health care workers who leave Windsor, Ontario, a city of […]

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Hospitals Warn Nurses and Doctors Not to Speak Out on Coronavirus

It was the fliers bearing his photo that made Adam Witt suspect something had gone deeply wrong. Last week, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he worked as a nurse, posted the fliers at two security stations, declaring that he was persona non grata. “Mr. Witt is not allowed on property at JSUMC,” the writing […]

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How the Four Seasons in N.Y.C. Became a Dorm for Hospital Workers

Just a few weeks ago, it was typical for personal assistants to make reservations for thousand-dollar rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel New York for their high-profile bosses. But in late March, a worried mother calling on behalf of her physician assistant son to get a free room became the norm. The iconic Billionaires’ Row […]

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‘Code Blue’: A Brooklyn I.C.U. Fights for Each Life in a Coronavirus Surge

The night had been particularly tough. Patient after patient had to be intubated and put on a ventilator to breathe. At one point, three “codes” — emergency interventions when someone is on the brink of death — occurred at once. Dr. Joshua Rosenberg, a critical care doctor, arrived the next morning at the Brooklyn Hospital […]

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Doctors Need Room to Make Tough Decisions on Coronavirus Care

Doctors are trained to do everything they can to save their patients’ lives. This imperative is fundamental and deeply ingrained. But the Covid-19 pandemic is turning this goal — and the very practice of medicine — upside down. Surging numbers of patients and the pronounced lack of protective equipment are putting countless physicians and nurses […]

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With Virus Surge, Dermatologists and Orthopedists Are Drafted for the E.R.

One of the largest hospital networks in New York has given its doctors an ultimatum: either help deal with the coronavirus crush, or stay home without pay. At other hospitals, too, all hands are being called to deck. Neurosurgeons and cardiologists, orthopedic, dermatology and plastic surgery residents — all have been pulled into emergency rooms […]

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