CHAPEL HILL, NC (WNCN) – For many doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers, this is not just another Christmas away from loved ones, but a second year battling the COVID-19 pandemic- 19 and another wave of winter cases.
LaTasha Hines has been a nurse for seven years and currently works as a traveling COVID-19 ICU nurse for UNC Health.
“We wake up and we think about what we can do to save lives today?” Hines said while working on a holiday weekend.
As the Omicron variant continues to spread, she says working during the holidays this year feels similar to last winter’s COVID-19 spike in cases.
“You’re so used to giving your all and you feel like you’ve given up on it but with this new COVID, all these different ropes, like have we really given our best?” Hines who is from Kinston said. “Have we really given it everything?”
While she’s away from her children and the rest of her Kinston family for an hour and a half, she knows that for some in her ICU floor, she is all the comfort a patient will ever have. yes on vacation, Hines said.
“It’s not fighting for the life of a stranger, it’s fighting for the life of your patient. It’s like leaving your baby in bed,” Hines says. “So you definitely give every bit of your heart and you leave it there with that patient.”
She urges people to get vaccinated, practice safe gatherings and cherish the time they have with loved ones.
“When you get out there, you’re mentally exhausted and exhausted but you have to dig deep and look into your heart and still give those warm smiles and hugs to your kids and family,” Hines said. your family,” Hines said.
With all hands on deck for almost two years, she put her dream of becoming a nurse on hold.
But she hopes that by Christmas next year, that dream will come true.
“I am very fortunate to have the opportunity here at UNC-Chapel Hill to complete my medical rotation,” says Hines. “I’m left with two clinical rotations and one class.”
https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/orange-county-news/working-away-during-christmas-nc-travel-nurse-reflects-on-2nd-year-battling-covid-19-pandemic/ Working over Christmas, NC travel nurse reflects on second year fighting the COVID-19 pandemic