My COVID-19 Experience as a frontline worker

Submitted by McGill University
October 7, 2020

When I first heard of Covid I said to myself that it was in China and that it was not going to affect me. I did not pay much attention to it at the beginning, because I did not know it was going to spread that fasts and with that intensity. I was scared when I heard that Montreal had its first Covid case. Little did I know that a few weeks later the floor that I am working on was going to be the designated Covid floor at my Hospital. We did not really know what was waiting for us. The rules on the floor about infection control were always changing and it was our role to adapt to them. Everyday was different. One of the rules implemented that really changed my whole approach to nursing was when visitors were no longer able to come see their loved ones. Only when patients were actively dying, is that we as nurses had to call families to let them know that only one person could come say their goodbyes. Some families did not want to come at all, because of fear. Others were destroyed by the fact that they had to chose who was going to say goodbye. Sadly, we saw a lot of people die alone.  From this I learned that it is our role as nurses to try to be that emotional support for families and patients through these hard times. We called families with update every shift, we did video call and we were the one to hold their hands when nobody else could. Form now on, I will no longer take any moment for granted. Covid-19 I’m not scared of you anyone.

Eugenia Fiorello

Montreal, Canada.