Nurses fear what’s to come: "Walk down our unit for a day"

On Tuesday, Holy Cross had 147 coronavirus patients across its 377 beds, more than double the record seen at the hospital in the first wave of the pandemic earlier this year.

“If you had told us in April that we’d have 147 patients?” said Elizabeth Chow, Holy Cross’ executive director of critical care and a nurse leader. “Never in my wildest dreams.”…

These nurses are not only exhausted, they are angry with those who flout pleas to stay home, stay safe.

“It’s not some selfish person who doesn’t want to wear a mask,” Carrillo said. “I wish they could just walk down our unit for a day and look at the faces of some of these patients.”

You can be our messengers, nurse Genyza Dawson tells her patients when — or if — they get discharged. Dawson, who has a scar forming on her nose from the tight masks, begs them to spread the word.