Men in Nursing
Working Nurse 2020 – Emergency Department Charge Nurse, Zack Lott, Redlands Community Hospital
Looking back on this year, what have been the biggest changes in your practice?
The biggest change was leading during a pandemic. Patient and staff safety has always been a top priority, but COVID-19 poses an increased risk to staff and patients. Running the emergency department during the pandemic has required almost daily changes to policy and procedures. Adapting to change and helping others was necessary to make sure everyone stayed safe.
Tell us about the most inspirational thing you’ve experienced as a nurse during this pandemic.
The ER nurses have gone out of their way to help each other during these difficult times. The teamwork has always been great in the ER, but it has improved immensely since the pandemic. The compassion I have seen has been inspirational. On a couple of occasions, I have seen nurses at the bedside in full PPE holding a patient’s hand so the patient did not have to die alone — demonstrating our commitment to caring science.