Providence St. Joseph’s RN Stephanie Smith recounts her experience working in the ICU in a new post from our Medium series: COVID-19Nurses’ notes from the frontlines.

“It’s hard to describe how devastating the COVID-19 pandemic has been for our patients and their families. The isolation is unspeakably sad. And now, nine months into the crisis, it’s emotionally hard, physically exhausting and very discouraging for those of us working the ICU floor. We lose a lot of our patients. We have higher acuity than we’ve ever had; typically we have maybe one patient per week who is so ill they require every machine we’ve got. Now it’s daily.”

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