Today, Hero Spotlight highlights Elizabeth Douglas.
Elizabeth Douglas is a nurse manager at NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn. Elizabeth plays an important role in this pandemic, as she is not only managing the surgical intensive care unit (ICU), neuroscience ICU, and the critical care float team, but also overseeing nursing care to many patients who are severely ill.
According to NYU Langone Health’s News Hub, Elizabeth mentions, “I know there’s a risk of me being infected; I’m with positive patients everyday… but I do it because I’m a nurse, and that’s what I do.”
Elizabeth has been managing her team, on her feet for up to 13 hours a day, 5 days a week. Part of her role is to ensure she is tending patients when there aren’t enough nurses, ensures there is protective equipment for the team, as well as makes sure her team has a chance to take a drink of water, and eat to increase energy levels with the chaos.
As per the New York Post, Thomas Nolan, Senior Director for nursing at the hospital states, “It’s mentally and physically draining; she has a good finger on the pulse of the unit, and I think she knows what to say and how to say it so staff really feel supported.”
Truly, a hero at heart and an inspiration to her team!
To Do: Thank and appreciate the many lives that are doing what they do best – helping the world in an effort to #FlattenTheCurve. Nurses, doctors, EMT’s, scientists, clinical researchers and many more roles are so important during this pandemic. These are the humans that are put forth to make a change in this crisis. These roles are stepping up to the plate, putting plans into action, and staying on task amidst the circumstances.
Amazing, Elizabeth! A true role-model. The community thanks you!