In Albany, Georgia, an area with one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates per capita in the nation, acute care certification student Rhonda Haynes works as a critical care nurse practitioner at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. She provides hands-on care for COVID patients, including providing medication, intubating patients, placing lines and other evasive measures.
“Whatever they need to try to help them get through this virus,” she says. “A lot of it is supportive care. A lot of it is medications that we hope will work, but we still don’t have the studies to know for sure.”
It has been hard and scary at times, Haynes admits, but she joined the medical field for one reason.“To help people,” she says. “I think it’s very important. It’s a scary time, but I’m still dedicated to helping these patients and just taking all the precautions I can.