ER Nurse Documents Life in Coronavirus: ‘Almost Jealous’ of Those Who Don’t Work in Hospitals

May 13, 2020

Many nurses and doctors around the world are making substantial personal sacrifices to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the coronavirus crisis, some have traveled across the country to help hospitals in need. Others have been working in departments they never practiced before and learning new things as they go.

One nurse working on the front lines decided to document her life treating coronavirus patients in the emergency room, reported "Good Morning America."

Diana Costine is an ER nurse at Boston Medical Center and specializes in caring for trauma and critical care patients. However, everything has changed during the pandemic. 

“I’m almost jealous of the people who don’t have to work in the hospitals right now because they probably just have this ignorance is bliss attitude,” Costine said in the emotional clip.

The ER nurse has been documenting her daily experience in the emergency room since the outbreak started in March.

Throughout the video, Costine shows people what patients who have tested for COVID-19 have to go through. In the clip, she reveals the tent that people have to first enter when they go to the hospital.

While filming her experience, the nurse used the hospital’s medical closest to record her messages.

Costine has been working over 12-hour shifts to treat patients with coronavirus. And through all her years working as a nurse, she says the pandemic has been the most dire.

"It's insane. I've never seen anything like this," Costine said. "It's really nuts."

Throughout the outbreak, she and other staff members at the hospital have seen dwindling medications and supplies. She shared that the hospital was low on PPE, masks, gowns, and gloves.

At one point, the hospital reached its capacity in the intensive care unit and had no critical care beds available. Ambulances were forced to go to other hospitals.

Costine is worried that the people of Boston are not listening to stay-at-home-orders. She said the most effective way that people can help hospital workers is by staying home.

Despite everything she's been through, Costine is trying to stay positive.

"We're still seeing a good amount of COVID patients, it just doesn't feel as scary, as panicky," she said. "Maybe because we're better prepared and more skilled as to how to treat these patients."

She concluded by adding: "We got this, guys."

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