The Utah Association of Nurse Anesthetists (UANA) represents over 250 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) licensed in Utah.
I worked as an RN for 10 years in CV/Neuro ICU and Labor and Delivery. During that time, I worked with CRNAs and was so impressed with the type of work they did and the level of professionalism they possessed. I saw how satisfied they were in their careers and that motivated me even more to do it.
The UANA board requested I share my experiences at Bellevue Hospital in New York City during the COVID-19 crisis including lessons learned and suggestions to streamline response in the future. I hope this summary can answer questions and assist UANA members if we experience a similar situation.
It’s your first day. You pull up to Coney Island Hospital along with 500 other nurses and see three refrigerated semi-trucks. The site seems mundane and unimportant so you let it pass. As you pull up to the front of the ER, a giant white tent contradicts the glimmering modern hospital. The bus stops and a sea of fresh-and-ready nurses deboard.
My journey into medicine began when I read the book “Elizabeth Blackwell The First Woman Doctor” in grade school which was followed shortly by my first microscope. Although I didn’t know it at the time this would prove to be a lifelong journey with many stops along the way.