By Gayathri Sampath, RN, MSN, MHA
The MICU nursing team faces new experiences every day from which, they get to learn how to care for patients in new and advanced ways. Adapting to change is a part of our profession , and being one of the 35 designated Ebola-Treatment Centers (U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2014) was challenging and overwhelming. However, it was also a joyful and proud moment to see how nurses embraced this designation and were ready to be prepared to care for patients with Ebola.
Dr. Judith Shamian, President of International Council of Nurses, was impressed with the dedication and commitment of our nurses and the strategically constructed Bio Containment Unit. When she asked one of the nurses, “Why are you doing this,” the response was, “I am a nurse. It’s better to be prepared than not.”
The positive attitude and professionalism exhibited by the MICU nurses never cease to amaze me, and I am honored to work with such great and dedicated professionals. Nurses always step up when needed, and MICU nursing staff distinguished themselves from peers by eagerly participating in Ebola training and BCU preparations. Constant support from leadership was rewarding and motivated the team to excel, setting the tone as visionary. What was most impressive to me was the extraordinary collaboration between the nurses and physicians preparing cohesively to care for this patient.
The challenge this team faced and managed so well will likely be repeated; it is what we MICU nurses do. Bio: Gayathri Sampath, RN, MSN, MHA is the Clinical Specialist Coordinator for Medical Intensive Care Unit at The Mount Sinai Hospital.
Gayathri Sampath, RN, MSN, MHA is the Clinical Specialist Coordinator for Medical Intensive Care Unit at The Mount Sinai Hospital.