Love also motivates Amy Doblado, BSN, RN, CCRN, who works in the ICU at Medical City Denton in Denton, Texas. She often memorializes patients who have passed away by creating a keepsake for their survivors. Amy prints out an EKG of the patient’s heartbeat prior to their death and places it in a laboratory tube. Recently, Amy made three of these vials — she calls them “heartbeats in bottles” — to give to the three children of a young COVID-19 patient after he lost his three-week battle with the virus.
“These vials represent me as a nurse in several ways,” Amy says. “First is my empathy. I treat every patient I care for as if they were my own loved one and give them the kind of care I would expect my family to receive.
“Second is my love of the cardiovascular system,” she says. “Third is my servant heart. The little acts I can do to make others’ days just a little better are reward enough. Every shift, I try to do at least one thing to improve someone’s day.”
Nurses who usually work in nonclinical settings are also making the extra effort to help support facilities impacted by a surge in COVID-19 patients. Director of Nursing Advocacy and Leadership Jodi Thurman, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, traveled to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Florida, during a pandemic surge in mid-July to assist Audrey Stabile, RN, Lawnwood’s director of emergency services, who was new to the position.
“I took over as interim director for an additional week and a half so Audrey could take some much needed vacation time,” says Jodi. “She had a family member pass away during my first week with her, and she had been working 60-plus hours a week due to the high volume of COVID-19 patients.
“I worked as a director of emergency services for six years, so I was very comfortable and happy to be able to step into the role while she was away,” Jodi says. “Our company has the unique ability to pivot to the demands of our front lines.”