Michael Negrete, Perioperative Nurse, PIH Health Downey
Looking back on this year, what have been the biggest changes in your practice?
Social distancing. I used to give all my patients a good handshake and converse closely to avoid HIPAA issues, but with COVID-19, we’ve had to be more distant. We’re also having to speak louder due to voices being muffled by masks. It can be very hard to hear when wearing a PAPR hood and other protective gear.
Tell us about the most inspirational thing you’ve experienced as a nurse during this pandemic.
It’s really the small things that come at the right times. I came home one day to a very nicely decorated front-yard tree with a sign that read, “We love our nurses, thank you.” The sign has since fallen, but the pretty blue ribbon still remains, in the place where my yellow ribbon (I was in the military and deployed in ‘04–‘05) once blew in the wind.