NEW YORK — Being a worker in the medical field can be exhausting in itself, and now during the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses and doctors are having to adapt daily to battle the disease.
“It is a war zone.” said Nichole Yost “There is no other way to put it.”
Nichole Yost is a certified nurse practitioner in Rapid City, but has been called to Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY to help aide nurses in America’s biggest coronavirus hot spot.
The demand for medical professionals has superseded the amount of available workers, and that demand continues to grow.
“I came with a group of 300 and the day that I went on the floor, they do two days of orientation,” said Yost, “The day that I went on the floor, which theoretically would have been my third day, another 100 came in.”
Policy changes sweep the city in order to try and contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Seeing people follow the guidelines is something Nichole thinks South Dakota could learn from.
“The city is shut down, nothing is open.” continued Yost “It’s amazing how this many people can really abide by that and respect that. The hospital im working in has lost doctors and nurses, a lot of people have lost their family members and so I think South Dakota needs to really step up and get serious about it.”
The coronavirus pandemic has yet to reach its peak in many cities and states, now more than ever, Nichole urges people to continue to social distance to stop the spread of the outbreak any further.