WATCH: UAB nurses describe working on the front lines of a COVID-19 unit

October 02 2021 06:00 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Thursday, the University of Alabama Birmingham held a Q&A about what nurses experience while working in a COVID-19 unit.

Dr. Terri Poe, Chief Nursing Officer at UAB and front line nurse, Anderson Lopez Castillo joined the Thursday Q&A. They will discuss what it is like to work on the front lines of a COVID unit. 

Lopez Castillo began the conversation by describing the past 11 months working at UAB since he graduated from Auburn University back in August 2020 and the toll it’s taken on him.

“You come out of nursing school as prepared as they can make you but you don’t know everything. So, getting tossed right in and knowing every decision you’re making can affect these patients in a life or death scenario. That’s a lot of weight on, I would say, a young person’s shoulders,” Lopez Castillo said.”

He also said he has thought about if he chose the correct career path or not and how it can be difficult to handle the stress. To combat that, he says his team will make plans to hang out outside of the hospital in order to relieve any potential anxiety.

Dr. Poe relayed that message saying how the pandemic has become a hard time for all healthcare workers.

“We’re all going through a lot of stressful times that we haven’t seen before in the workplace so I think just a minute, a little bit of patience for all of us that are in this environment every day is really necessary right now,” Dr. Poe said. 

Both nurses touched on how they are now seeing COVID-19 patients having to stay in the ICU for longer periods which has also added pressure to the hospital staff at UAB.

The discussion can be viewed in the video player above.

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