Beaumont nurse recalls ‘horrors’ of working through COVID-19 pandemic

‘It was devastating. You wanted to help but you couldn’t help,’

With Thursday being Nurse Appreciation Day, many around the globe are celebrating the heroes of the hospital.

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – With Thursday being Nurse Appreciation Day, many around the globe are celebrating the heroes of the hospital.

Deidre Green has been a registered nurse over the past 13 years now but has spent the past seven at Beaumont Hospital Farmington Hills. However she says the past year has been the hardest working with patients battling COVID-19.

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“It was like a horror, it was like in the movies. It was devastating. You wanted to help but you couldn’t help. It was just out of control and it came from nowhere,” said Nurse Green when reminiscing about the early days of the coronavirus.

Sadly, the Farmington Hills nurse also lost her mother to the same virus she tried to save so many from.

“It was difficult not seeing my mom for a whole week and no one was able to be there to hold her and to let her know it was going to be OK,” Green recalled.

But despite losing her biggest supporter, Nurse Green pushed through, continuing to help COVID patients not lose hope.

“I really wasn’t scared of getting COVID. I think I was more concerned about my father and giving it to him,” Nurse Green added.

The world is celebrating Nurse Green and the many nurses who sacrifice so much to care for the sick and shut in for Nurse Appreciation Day.

“I appreciate my families that appreciate us, because some do, some don’t. But the majority do and that makes me feel good to make someone else feel good,” said Green.

Nurse Green is also hoping for those currently in school would consider taking a look a nursing as a promising career path.

“I think nursing was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do but the most rewarding,” Nurse Green concluded.


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