This is Jackie. She is an ICU nurse in Edmonton, AB.
“Because of the day to day changes in the information coming out, our management had initially chosen to withhold a lot of internal dialogue from reaching their staff before coming up with an answer, which was exceptionally scary. We asked for more dialogue. And we got that. I think knowing that information is fluid is really important.
I hate to say the Q word – but it is Quiet. I’m definitely in that bandwagon where ‘quiet’ is a word that you don’t stay in the hospital because it brings a bad omen for the future.
Prior to all of this, we ran almost at capacity in the ICU. We are usually kind of running threadbare with our staff, versus now we have a bit more staff that we are letting stay on for a shift.
We finally do have the ability to breathe and rest, which is kind of nice. And we all know that it could potentially get very bad right away. So we’re definitely not complaining. We all acknowledge this is just kind of the calm before the storm. We’re almost seeing the tsunami on coming towards us and we’re just kind of like lingering in its shadow. At least I feel a lot of staff are feeling that way.”