After seeing such a dramatic difference in the patients, I convinced the hospital administration to update all of the air filters in the hospital
I have worked as an ICU nurse for many years. It truly doesn’t get easier over time.I used to come home crying after almost every shift when I first started at the hospital. I thought that over time I would get used to the pain. But, no matter how much I try, I find myself developing an emotional connection. For some reason I continue to work there. I’ve become oddly obsessed with making sure all the patients are comfortable with the temperature and the air quality. I learned over time that many patients would suffer or feel worse than they needed to because the temperature on the floor was either too hot or too humid. I convinced our floor director to have a dehumidifier installed. After the humidity dissipated, I still realized that the air felt dusty, so I asked if they could install a media air cleaner. I was so shocked to see how many of the patients improved once they were breathing in higher quality air. I truly know that of all the units in the hospitals, the ICU should be the one to have the highest air quality. The patients there are honestly suffering and more sensitive to pollutants, so having a standard HEPA filter is important for their health and safety. After seeing such a dramatic difference in the patients, I convinced the hospital administration to update all of the air filters in the hospital. I guess sometimes I can be a bit controlling over some random things, but I honestly do love the patients, and I want them to have a comfortable experience should this be their last day here.