Men in Nursing
Working Nurse 2020 – Critical Care, Erik Rodarte, Huntington Hospital, Pasadena
Looking back on this year, what have been the biggest changes in your practice?
Being on the front lines has made me hypervigilant about infection control, both inside and outside of the hospital. Social interaction with patients and their families has always been an important part of my patient care, but it has become challenging, since families are unable to visit. I set aside time during my shift for Zoom calls to make sure patients have a chance to see their loved ones.
Tell us about the most inspirational thing you’ve experienced as a nurse during this pandemic.
Seeing our unit leadership team front and center was inspiring, providing a human, personal touch in the midst of a very isolating experience. Our leadership has been completely transparent about our PPE supplies and current plans for managing COVID-19 patient surge while making us feel valued and heard.