“They All Died. If You Came Into the ICU, You Left in a Bag”: Brokenhearted Nurse Suffers PTSD After Pandemic

Heck, you could even believe COVID-19 was never really a big deal. Except… it was. To me, it was.I am a critical care nurse, and in the year 2020, I experienced the worst year of my nursing career. I would even go so far as to say it was worse than my time in the military, in a post 9/11 world, watching scores of young men Medevaced to my facility with only one limb remaining. At least the brave soldiers I saw in my stateside care lived. Not so with the Covid pandemic. I personally saw hundreds in our facility’s care die. Not just old people, or people with multiple health problems. I especially remember the mother of three children who were younger than me. I tried to warn her she might die if she didn’t lay in a prone position. At the time, it was the thing that seemed to help those patients the most. The next day, she was intubated. A week later, she was gone. It was like that for way too many patients this past year.

Source: “They All Died. If You Came Into the ICU, You Left in a Bag”: Brokenhearted Nurse Suffers PTSD After Pandemic

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