PenFed applauds member and nurse Racheal Santarpia and all who are working on the frontlines of this pandemic. Racheal is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Lakeland Regional Health in Florida. Though much has changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she feels fortunate to care for her tiny patients. We thank you for your courage and commitment, not only through this pandemic but every day!
An ICU Nurse Faces a Pandemic
I’m a neonatal nurse practitioner at Lakeland Regional Health. I’ve been a nurse since, for 23 years actually. I primarily deal with newborns and premature babies.
So, our goal where I’m at is just to protect our tiny patients and make sure that they are not getting exposed. A lot of things have changed here. We have limited lots of the visitors that have come to the hospital, everybody has to have their temperature taken including all the team members, staff, doctors, nurses, everybody that walks through the door has to have their temperature taken and we are all wearing precautions you know masks.
The hospital here at Lakeland Regional has done a very good job. I feel safe being here to be honest. I feel really safe providing care to the patients here.