Nurse details experience treating COVID-19 patients: ‘It's hard to watch'


A traveling nurse gave a detailed account of her experience working in the intensive care unit, caring for patients who tested positive for coronavirus.

Lydia Mobley, the traveling nurse with Fastaff, told CBS News that she often saw guilt from patients for not being cautious about preventing COVID-19 exposure.

The nurse said the most common thing to hear from patients was that they did not think the deadly virus was real.

“It’s hard to watch someone struggling to breathe and see the regret that they have —  the regret for just not wearing a mask, or maybe not going to a party, or maybe not going to that wedding or not going to that church service,” Mobley said. “In the end, people are dying because they just didn’t realize the seriousness of that situation. And It’s hard to watch.”

As of November 13, COVID-19 cases have been surging with more than 624,00 active cases since the beginning of the month. On that same day, more than 184,000 new cases were reported, according to data from Johns Hopkins University

Before the pandemic started, Mobley was serving in the Navy and was frightened for her family. She said it was hard being an active-duty military member, but “didn’t imagine to come out and come home to this.”

When arriving at the hospital, she explained how hard it was to watch other nurses who have been treating patients since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The advice I’m given a lot is just survive,” Mobley said. “I think we all have our breakdowns.”

She said it is incredibly hard when nurses see patients dying. Mobley shared that nurses do not want anybody to die alone, but some patients need more care.

While more patients are dying with COVID-19, she explained how nurses try to make them comfortable in their last moments.

“Because nobody deserves to die alone, but unfortunately families aren’t allowed to be at the bedside with them,” she added. “That’s a really tough thing but it’s happening across the country.”

Mobley said that her hospital is lucky to have enough PPE, but there are not enough COVID-19 body bags.

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