A metro Atlanta hospital nurse has died from coronavirus, GHN has learned. The Georgia Nurses Association on Friday confirmed a death of an RN,... Georgia hospital nurse dies of COVID-19

A metro Atlanta hospital nurse has died from coronavirus, GHN has learned.

The Georgia Nurses Association on Friday confirmed a death of an RN, but did not identify the hospital, and did not have any personal information about the identity of the nurse.

The person would be the first Georgia nurse “we know of who has died’’ from COVID-19, Matt Caseman, executive director of the Nurses Association, told GHN on Friday.

Nurses as well as other health care workers have been working under extraordinary circumstances since the pandemic began.

They have also persevered during a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, gowns, gloves and face shields. Here’s a GHN article on a nurses’ survey that cited a widespread supply gap.

Nurses have died from coronavirus in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Detroit, according to media reports.

The American Nurses Association recently joined other medical organizations calling for more PPE to lessen potential staff shortages caused by illness and quarantines.

Georgia has been dealing with a nursing shortage for some time, and the coronavirus crisis has worsened the staffing situation.

The president of the Nurses Association, Richard Lamphier, said in an organization communique that on Thursday, “we lost our first colleague as a result of infection of COVID-19.’’

“Today it is with heavy hearts that we heard of the first Georgia nurse to pass away from COVID-19 in the line of duty. I would like to ask every nurse and citizen of Georgia to please take a moment to recognize our fallen colleague,” said Lamphier.

Lamphier added that public support for nurses has been gratifying. “We see you in the parking lots, we see the signs in the yards and hear your support. I ask for those that believe in the power of prayer to please consider lifting the health care professionals who are up from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.”

Lamphier

He added, “We will lose colleagues, family and friends to this deadly disease. We will be there for you and each other.”

Asked about the death, Lisa Eichelberger, an RN and dean of the College of Health at Clayton State University, said that bedside nursing has always been a stressful profession. “But in my 40-year career, I have never seen this type of pervasive, constant level of anxiety. There is real fear not only about the nurse’s own personal safety but the safety of their family.”

“The AIDS epidemic changed everything in health care, and nurses were apprehensive about contagion then,” Eichelberger said. “But it wasn’t anything like COVID-19.”

As of 7 p.m. Friday, there were 5,967 cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, with 198 deaths.

 

 

 

 

 


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  • Nelda Ballagh

    April 3, 2020 #1 Author

    Our condolences on the loss of a beautiful ,compassionate,extrodinary nurse..An individual devoted to healing humanity at all costs. We are grateful for her witness.A woman of substance and a witness of genuine love.
    May her soul Rest In Peace. May her family,friends,patients and colleagues be comforted. You all are in our thoughts,hearts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Pax Christi,.

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  • Sabrina wright

    April 4, 2020 #2 Author

    Tell Governor kemp to do like Governor Cuomo did and order masks from China.Make sure they sanitize them.Tell him that Trump is not concerned about Atlanta or Albany because it is Southern and predominantly Black.Trump is making himself look stupid as well as kemp.Kemp should get companies in Ga. to make PPE supplies for the medical field.Tell Kemp to think about his own career instead of Trumps.Trump is truly a narcissist and they know it, yet they are upholding what he says and does. That’s why God has placed this virus upon us because he is angry.He is angry because of all the wicked ways of mankind.Judgement day is coming sooner than you and you thinks.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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  • Teresa Furlong

    April 5, 2020 #3 Author

    Sabrina, please don’t make this an attack on the President or make this about Racism… Everyine is doing what they need to do and Trump has stepped up and is doing the best he and his appointed team need to do. Pray for this country, our leaders, medical professionals, all that on the front lines, and first reponders!! Thank you. Stay safe!!

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