From AIDS to COVID-19, America’s Medical System Has a Long History of Relying on Filipino Nurses to Fight on the Frontlines
In the early days of the pandemic, Susan Castor, a 64-year-old Filipino American nurse, would make her rounds taking care of patients at a transitional care unit at Community Medical Center in Toms River, N.J., wearing only a standard surgical mask, due to a nationwide shortage of PPE. Fortunately, Castor recovered after contracting the novel coronavirus—but countless other Filipino health care workers have not. The coronavirus has taken a devastating toll on Filipino nurses battling COVID-19 in the U.S. According to National Nurses United, as of April 2021, 24 percent of the nurses they surveyed who died from COVID-19 complications were Filipino; but, Filipinos only make up 4 percent of the total registered nurses in the country.news.yahoo.com
San Antonio nurse featured on ‘GMA’ after working 31 days straight, surprised by ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ stars
SAN ANTONIO – Moments after “Good Morning America” interviewed San Antonio nurse Kristen Knott about her experience working in the ICU, she was getting ready for another day on the job. Her story about working 31 days straight in a local ICU — and her viral Facebook post about 31 things she’s learned during the COVID-19 crisis — was featured on the show’s “Make your Monday” segment. The segment also featured surprise virtual visits from actors Eric Dane and Kate Walsh of “Grey’s Anatomy,” one of Knott’s favorite shows. I need to go somewhere where I can put my skills to work, where help is needed.”Shortly after returning, “everything just hit here in San Antonio,” she said. 22-year-old nursing student dies of COVID-19 complicationsWhen comparing the two coronavirus hotspots, she said the city of San Antonio and hospitals had more time to prepare.
Nurses take on child lead cases in Flint
The first of damaged lead pipes in Flint was removed Friday, but there's still a long way to go. Children who tested positive for high lead levels need to be regularly monitored, and some nurses assigned that task are being spread thin. Adriana Diaz reports.cbsnews.com
Ebola nurses ostracized after caring for virus patient
Ebola nurses ostracized after caring for virus patient Four nurses who risked their lives to save America's first Ebola patient told their story on "60 Minutes." "CBS This Morning" has extra material on how treating the Ebola patients has affected their daily lives. Scott Pelley reports.cbsnews.com