“Richmond nurse describes working in New York City ER: ‘These patients are so sick'”

BRONX, N.Y. — A Richmond nurse volunteered to work at a New York City hospital located inside the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis.

Clare Shanley signed up with an emergency medical response staffing company that assigned her to a hospital in the Bronx.

She arrived to New York City on Friday to begin her assignment in that hospital’s intensive care unit.

Shanley counted herself among about 600 healthcare workers staying in her Manhattan hotel that have traveled to help during the crisis.

“I really feel that, as a nurse, being part of this pandemic and taking care of these patients could be one of the most important things I ever do in my career,” she stated.

The Richmond emergency department nurse will work 12 hour shifts for 21-days straight.

“Working in healthcare, this is something we trained for,” Shanley said. “It didn’t really feel like I was throwing myself off into the middle of something. It just felt like something that I was supposed to do.”

New York saw more than 730 deaths reported in the past 24 hours. Thursday marked the worst day since the coronavirus outbreak began bring the state’s total up to nearly 5,500 deaths, according to officials…

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By: Brendan King

Apr 09, 2020

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