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What Frustrates Nurses The Most Right Now In The COVID-19 Pandemic

Nicole Pajer
·2-min read

The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on everyone ― and those in medical fields have been feeling it twofold.

Every day, nurses across the globe put on protective equipment, go to work and care for patients battling COVID-19. Then, they head home to their families and deal with the same struggles everyone has been navigating since the initial virus surge, including feelings of uncertainty, pandemic fatigue and more.

The sacrifices health care workers are making during the pandemic, in combination with their own need to cope, makes some of the careless behavior of the public incredibly frustrating for them. Plus, policies, job changes and other challenges are exacerbating their overall struggle.

Essential medical workers like nurses deserve our help and compassion right now. We asked some nurses on the front lines about their biggest pandemic frustrations, and how you can assist in making their jobs a little bit easier.

Patients griping over shifting visitor policies

Almost every hospital or doctor’s office is changing policies to adjust to the pandemic and COVID-19 positivity rates. Tiffany Clemmy, a registered nurse in an emergency room in Jacksonville, North Carolina, said many people are constantly arguing with staff about the pandemic-era rules.

“It’s frustrating for a variety of reasons, largely because there is a 99.9% chance the person they’re arguing with did not make the policy and is just doing their job,” Clemmy explained. She reminds people that these rules are in place to protect everyone, including patients.

For instance, Clemmy’s ER currently has a limited visitor policy, which people frequently challenge. “It’s frustrating to get yelled at for a policy like that because we are every bit as frustrated ... and are just trying to do the best we can,” Clemmy said.

Patients not being truthful about their COVID-19 symptoms

In Clemmy’s ER, patients with higher potential to have COVID-19 are directed to a designated...

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