UConn Magazine: Baptism by Fire

Nurse standing outside emergency room door.

The nursing class of 2019 has not been eased into the working world. “I just came off orientation in January,” says Mia Hrabcsak ’19 (NUR). “I’m not just learning how to be a good nurse, but how to be a good nurse in the middle of a pandemic.” Hrabcsak had just come off a shift on the surgical orthopedic floor at UConn Health Farmington. With elective surgeries on hold, the floor was filled with overflow Covid-19 patients, and things were stressful. “lt’s hard to imagine we haven’t hit our surge. People are rushing in constantly; how could it get much worse?” The hardest part, she says, is watching people suffer alone, especially when they are put on ventilators.

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