‘The weight of everything just was building and building’: Nurse in hard-hit hospital reconsiders career

A young nurse who never envisioned herself working in disaster circumstances during a viral pandemic was forced to reconsider her career path once the strain of providing care became too much, just one example of the toll that COVID-19 has taken on healthcare workers.

Hannah McSwain, 26, started her career in nursing in 2017 at AdventHealth Tampa hospital, where she worked as a team leader in the progressive care unit, an intermediary step between the intensive care unit and a general medicine floor where patients still need a high level of skilled nursing care. In spring 2020, the PCU was converted into a COVID-19 unit, one of seven in the hospital, and McSwain was tasked with
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