“Now that we are starting to get busy again, they’re going to furlough us?” Clark said, but also acknowledged that she felt hospital management tried to hold out as long as it could in implementing furloughs.

Clark said many nurses who were in areas of the hospital where business fell off have been used as “runners” or “safety officers” on the COVID-19 floors. Some of these nurses stand outside the doors of the COVID-19 units, getting materials for the nurses in the unit so that those nurses don’t have to keep taking their gowns off and then putting them back on as part of the elaborate safety procedures implemented due to the virus.

She hopes that assistance is not compromised due to the furloughs.

“It could get really dangerous if they don’t have those people there helping,” she said.

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