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LINK 'The death is just never-ending': Nebraska Medicine ICU nurses give an inside look at the hospital right now

They have both been nurses for more than a decade, but they said the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic made them think about quitting

OMAHA, Neb. —
Amy Carlin and Ashley Carne work in general intensive care at Nebraska Medicine. They said their unit is packed with COVID-19 patients right now.

"Our unit fills in when numbers get too bad," Carne said. "So when you hear our unit is full of COVID-19 and we have however many med-surgical units taking COVID-19 that tells you how bad it is."

They said their care system is extremely efficient, but the number of patients so high has time to stop working.

"There's only so many hands available to help," Carlin said. "The nurses haven't eaten and it's 3 p.m. So it's like there's too many things going on. These patients are too sick."

They have both been nurses for more than a decade, but they said the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic made them think about quitting.

The death is just, it's never-ending," Carne said

"This is not normal nursing," Carlin said. "This is not normal."

But, they ask themselves, if they don't care for patients, who will?

"I can't leave them," Carlin said. "I can't let them be short-staffed and that type of thing so it's difficult for all of us."

Now, they're calling on Nebraskans to step up and help them.

"We know not everyone is in favor of vaccines, or mask mandates or things like that, but we have to do something different," Carlin said. "It's unnecessary the amount of suffering we're seeing."

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Makes me glad I'm retired

bobwjr Level 10 Jan 15, 2022
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Nightmare what the Antivaxxers are doing

bobwjr Level 10 Jan 15, 2022
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When the anti-vaccers make the "wanna-die" selection, they should be helped, by not being allowed into a hospital--- where the staff have made a choice of 'not wanting to die'.

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It is heartbreaking. The families suffer, and the workers suffer. And yet, just 18 months ago, the MAGAs were secretly cheering to hear how Covid was decimated communities of color and the coastal blue states. They were all in favor of Trump continuing to sit on his hands, and to withhold resources...

Stop it; be nice to Dump. He 'only' murdered 200,000 to 300,000 people. A good portion of them Dumpsters- if they can be considered to be "people"!

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Being from NE originally I can say unequivocally that the governor of that fine state is praying for everyone.

I have hated that bald headed a$$ since I first saw his TV ads when he was running for governor. He is only marginally "from" NE, he is just looking for a platform for experience to run for president one day. And don't get me started on his daddy's businesses.

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These people have been living in a kind of hell for 2 years now. ☹️ Yes, something needs to Change in these red states full of morons!!

Sadly the morons will die. On the bright side that's means less voters for the republicians.

@xenoview Yes, that is true! They are helping kill their own voters! Wonder if they have figured that out yet????

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I wish the media would use more shock jock methods of information reporting. Why can't we have video of people dying from COVID, on the machines 24/7? It seems not many people are taking it seriously and most of my friends/co-workers have had it.

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