World Texas Nurses Trek Hours Through Snow to Reach Hospital—'I Needed to Get In'

12:38  17 february  2021
12:38  17 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Nurses who walked to work through heavy snow for up to three hours have been praised for going "above and beyond". Katie Hellon, a ward sister at Wycombe Hospital , said staff on her cardiology unit set off before dawn to ensure they arrived in time for their shifts. "If you don't work in healthcare you can stay at home but as we are dealing with heart attacks we have to be there," said Ms Hellon, 36. 'So proud'. She said the response from her team at the 22-bed unit had been "incredible". "Everyone has made the effort to get in for the sake of the patients," she said.

Nurses in Texas have been trekking for hours through the snow and ice to get to work, relieve their coworkers and care for patients.

a group of people cross country skiing in the snow: Pedestrians walk on an icy road on February 15, 2021 in East Austin, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather to Texas, causing traffic delays and power outages, and storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. © Getty Pedestrians walk on an icy road on February 15, 2021 in East Austin, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather to Texas, causing traffic delays and power outages, and storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation.

The state was hit by a massive winter storm earlier this week, which has led to widespread outages, icy roads, traffic deaths, frozen pipes and circumstances most southerners have never seen in their lifetime.

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Nursing school was a breeze and with my back ground, I had the majority of the prereqs I needed for a BSN. I started out in a hospital that would pay my way through grad school if I worked there 3 years and then committed to a 5 yr NP contract once I graduated. I took a train to long island after a gigantic blizzard and had to shovel out the airbnb's driveway to get inside after getting no response from their phone ( I helped dig one of their neighbor's cars out of the snow so I could ask to borrow their shovel afterwards).

The career outlook for nurses in Texas is among the strongest in the country. While an associate degree in nursing (ADN) can launch a Texas nursing career, the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies stresses that hospitals increasingly favor candidates with at least a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). These courses provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to practice nursing in Texas and work with diverse individuals and families. Students take 51 credits of program classes, for a total degree plan of 120 credits.

The conditions have also disrupted power in the state with the exceptionally high demand for electricity exceeding the current available supply.

But nurses in the city of Austin have been braving the cold weather to walk to work as the snow and ice-covered roads make driving unfeasible.

Brooke Wilson, a labor and delivery nurse with St. David's Women's Center of Texas, told KHOU 11: "I bundled up and I put on my boots and I changed my shoes and I already packed a bag thinking I was going to be staying here for a while. So, I packed a bag and I headed out and I started walking."

She said she also wanted to make sure she could relieve her coworkers. "I didn't want to let them down. I didn't want people to be spread thin. That's not safe for patients. It's not safe for us," she said.

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"It's much more emotionally draining if you have to take on a higher patient load just out of necessity because of the emergency situation that we're in."

Wilson said babies arrive no matter the weather and her unit is one of many where people have to get to work to do their job. She said: "Babies aren't waiting for anybody, but there's emergencies happening all the time. So, we have great people all over the hospital that are helping keep things going."

Meanwhile, Amy Belknap, an oncology nurse manager with Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, has also been walking to work.

She told the broadcaster: "I started a little bit before the sun rose, so there was nobody out. And it was actually the roads, like no one had driven on them yet. So, the snow is really pretty. It was really peaceful. But, yeah, definitely, not what you expect in Austin, Texas."

Belknap said that she was not the only person doing everything they could to get to work and relieve coworkers at Ascension Seton.

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The nurse said: "Martin, who does our floors, he walked almost two hours to get to work." Another colleague who lives close to work chose to work on her days off to help, she added.

Belknap also described the lack of sleep the staff are getting but they are working together to make sure everyone gets breaks. She said: "I'm really proud of the team up here. We have just been looking out for each other and helping each other out throughout this very unusual time.

"Hospitals never shut down. They're 24/7. So, even whenever you have crazy weather and unique situations, people still need your care. And so, I really felt like I needed to get in for them and needed to get in for the nurses that were on the floor and needing some breaks."

St. David's told KVUE that their hospitals are providing sleeping arrangements, toiletries, meal vouchers and shower facilities so staff do not have to travel to and from work on unsafe roadways.

a man holding a snow covered street: Millions have been hit by power outages in the U.S. John Weast/Getty Images © John Weast/Getty Images Millions have been hit by power outages in the U.S. John Weast/Getty Images

It said: "St. David's HealthCare's Disaster Pay Policy also allows staff to be paid their base rate the entire time they are in the hospital—even while sleeping. Employees are also given an hourly disaster stipend while working."

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Ascension Seton told the broadcaster that their hospitals have an emergency response plan in place to provide uninterrupted patient care.

It said: "We are prepared to be responsive to rapidly evolving weather conditions and have reserved nearby hotel rooms for associates who may be unable to travel following their hospital shifts. Ascension Medical Group Seton has transitioned most scheduled clinic visits to virtual visits. Individuals should not delay if they are experiencing emergency medical symptoms."

Last Friday, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for all of the state's 254 counties, and on Sunday night, President Joe Biden declared an emergency in Texas, ordering the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts to areas impacted by the winter storms.

The Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas has now directed the state's main grid operators to raise energy prices, as millions of people are enduring below-freezing weather without power in their homes.

It comes as homes across the state have been hit by power outages during the extremely cold conditions. On Monday morning, more than 2,068,000 customers had lost power in Texas with another 18,600 in neighboring Louisiana.

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Newsweek has contacted St. David and Ascension Seton for comment.

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