‘Really hard to see’: COVID-19 nurse in Nebraska describes treating patients with virus

A COVID-19 unit nurse at Nebraska Medicine wishes you could see what she does while treating these patients, since numbers don’t always tell the story. She said that this summer, there were three patients hospitalized with the virus.Now, they’re full and have been opening overflow units.She said they knew the delta variant was coming but didn’t realize how fast things would take a turn.“In general, you know, our environment as a floor is kind of like, alright, let’s do it again,” nurse Haleigh Seizys said. Seizys said she and her fellow nurses are trying to stay positive to get through it again.“You can really give into that negative negativity or, you know you can come in. Look forward to seeing your colleagues and know that you’re going to help others know they’ll do the same for you,” Seizys said. She said the best thing she can do after a day in the COVID-19 unit is listen to a comedy podcast and play with her dogs and try to get the things she’s seen off her mind.“We sit with families, as their family members are not doing well. We watch people feel like they can’t breathe at all we watch people really struggle to go downhill. And that’s hard to see,” Seizys said. Seizys wishes the public could see things through their eyes.“There’s a lot of, there’s a lot of statistics out there. And I think sometimes that kind of robs the public of really understanding how traumatizing it is for staff for family members for patients,” Seizys said. She worries what we’ll see this fall and that it may be worse than last year unless people mask up and get the shot.“I hope that people are motivated to get vaccinated, that is so so so important because the difference is real,” Seizys said. She said that most of the patients they have right now are unvaccinated and there is a clear difference in the condition they’re in when compared to those who are vaccinated.Watch the full story in the video above.

A COVID-19 unit nurse at Nebraska Medicine wishes you could see what she does while treating these patients, since numbers don’t always tell the story.

She said that this summer, there were three patients hospitalized with the virus.

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Now, they’re full and have been opening overflow units.

She said they knew the delta variant was coming but didn’t realize how fast things would take a turn.

“In general, you know, our environment as a floor is kind of like, alright, let’s do it again,” nurse Haleigh Seizys said.

Seizys said she and her fellow nurses are trying to stay positive to get through it again.

“You can really give into that negative negativity or, you know you can come in. Look forward to seeing your colleagues and know that you’re going to help others know they’ll do the same for you,” Seizys said.

She said the best thing she can do after a day in the COVID-19 unit is listen to a comedy podcast and play with her dogs and try to get the things she’s seen off her mind.

“We sit with families, as their family members are not doing well. We watch people feel like they can’t breathe at all we watch people really struggle to go downhill. And that’s hard to see,” Seizys said.

Seizys wishes the public could see things through their eyes.

“There’s a lot of, there’s a lot of statistics out there. And I think sometimes that kind of robs the public of really understanding how traumatizing it is for staff for family members for patients,” Seizys said.

She worries what we’ll see this fall and that it may be worse than last year unless people mask up and get the shot.

“I hope that people are motivated to get vaccinated, that is so so so important because the difference is real,” Seizys said.

She said that most of the patients they have right now are unvaccinated and there is a clear difference in the condition they’re in when compared to those who are vaccinated.

Watch the full story in the video above.

Contributed by local news sources

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