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Grand Rapids nurses describe experience in emergency room

Posted at 9:16 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 22:21:13-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan. — Nurse managers at both Spectrum Health's Blodgett and Butterworth hospitals say they're getting ready for an influx of patients due to COVID-19. Right now it's the waiting game.

“There’s no visitors, so the hallways are empty, and patients are getting dropped off," nurse manager Melissa Rykse said.

Nurse manager Melissa Rykse says they're prepared with plenty of PPE and started conserving and sterilizing masks weeks ago.

“Right now, we’re prepping for the worst, and really hoping for the best,” Ryske said.

Nurse manager Kendra Peot says they're training staff as well.

“We’ve had more time to prepare for this. It’s allowed us to practice, and do a lot of simulation, which has been helpful," Kendra Peot said.

While the waiting is certnainly a good thing, it also makes for more anxious times.

“It almost makes it worse. You’re sitting around waiting. And that allows a lot of time to think,” Peot said.