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Answering the Call - May 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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patients, tasks she hasn't performed since nursing school. "It's sad to see patients who are very sick, but I'm glad to help," she says. Ms. Borgonos is not used to working 12-hour shifts, which have been physically and men- tally demanding. It's nearly impossible to stay hydrated or grab a quick bite to eat during the five hours between breaks when she's layered in a gown, N95 mask and full face shield. She never has two days off in a row. She works night shifts after day shifts. When she finally climbs into bed, rest is fitful. "It's hard for me to sleep," she says. "I wake up often knowing I have to be back at work in a few hours to do it all over again, to try to make it through the day Pandemic Response "It's impossible to sit back and watch people suffer when you have the skills to help make things better." — Megan Siddel, RN, ADN M A Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 7

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