Bill Paige, Emergency Department Supervisor, Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center
Looking back on this year, what have been the biggest changes in your practice?
We’ve had to come up with entire new processes to take care of patients safely during the pandemic. Even the new processes have evolved: moving supplies out of the rooms and into the hallways; the ways we gown up and use PPE; having patients wait outside; and even erecting temporary walls to section off areas of the emergency department to use as “hot zones.”
Tell us about the most inspirational thing you’ve experienced as a nurse during this pandemic.
Early on, a fellow employee came to the ER with difficulty breathing. She had to be intubated and spent a long time recovering in our hospital. She called recently after being discharged and thanked us for saving her life.