MTA Nursing Science Graduates at the front of the fight against Coronavirus

We have asked our graduates from the BSN in Nursing Science school, working during Coronavirus crisis at Hospital around the country, to tell us what challenges they face in their work during this challenging period and how they cope with the complex medical condition.

Moshe Sober, graduate of MTA’s Bachelor of Nursing track for ultra-Orthodox men:

“I work in the Emergency Medicine Department at Ichilov Hospital. Since the Corona epidemic reached Israel, work in the ER is being adjusted on a daily basis. The most noticeable change is the assessment in the ER, where a Corona Division for confirmed and suspected patients was opened. The work is done under strict guidelines and while wearing full protective gear, in order to prevent the infection of the staff and, through them, other patients and the rest of us. Beyond the difficulty of learning and adjusting to the many new guidelines, shifts run with a limited staff, since many staff members have been required to go into quarantine after being exposed to patients who did not know they were infected with the virus. It is for this reason that I am currently home quarantined.

The main difficulty I face is the need to avoid visiting my mother, who was hospitalized after a complex surgery she underwent at the hospital where I work. In order not to risk her life, I could not go up and visit her. I am happy to have the privilege of caring for and helping patients. But I have an important request to you: Please, take care and follow all the guidelines designed to protect us all!”

Margarita Gurevich, MTA’s Bachelor of Nursing graduate: “I work at Maccabi HMO’s Emergency Call Center. In addition, I also work at an outpatient clinic, where we give biological treatments and treat immunosuppressed patients. The departments are currently working according to emergency protocols, meaning that every patient who does not need to go to the ER but an examination by a doctor in the community is not enough comes to us. The centers work in the evenings and on weekends and provide treatments for minor traumas and situations that require more in-depth intervention. Please take care and don't leave home! It will also make it easier for us.”

Moshe Ben Zeev, graduate of MTA’s Bachelor of Nursing track for ultra-Orthodox men: “I usually work in the Intensive Care / Respiratory Care Unit at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, Jerusalem. The Unit cares for patients who need life-saving treatment following complex surgeries, which include mainly liver transplants, as well as trauma victims and more complex patients. Under regular circumstances, I work about five eight-hour-long shifts a week, and when there is pressure, hours are added as needed. Currently, the changes in the schedule are frequent and we try to meet every demand for manpower. I am currently preparing for my Master's Degree in Clinical Nursing. In light of the situation, we learn through Zoom, which is excellent, but it adds to the already existing massive load in the current situation. Please take care and don't leave home! It will also make it easier for us.”

Noa Simhon, MTA’s Bachelor of Nursing graduate: "I work at an internal medicine department at Tel Hashomer. As a result of the Corona epidemic, my ward closed and in its place was opened an intensive care unit for Corona patients in need of resuscitation in the maternity ward’s car park. They took all my team to work there and care for those in critical condition due to the Corona virus. The work there is challenging. There is an extensive team of physicians, intensive care specialists and anesthesiologists. My team, as well as the intensive care nurses, are preparing for two months of 12-hour shifts, five days a week. We are not allowed to meet other people. It's a challenging job!” Please take care and don't leave your homes! It will also make it easier for us”.

Hasan Tuafra, MTA’s Bachelor of Nursing graduate: "I completed my degree more than two years ago, and have since worked in a private eye-surgery hospital and at Assuta Ashdod Hospital in an internal medicine department. The whole world is going through a difficult period due to the spread of the Corona virus, our lives have been turned upside down, and our entire daily schedule has changed. I have now been recruited to be part of a team who takes care of Corona virus patients in the recently opened new department – the Corona Department - at Assuta Ashdod Hospital." With respect to the past few months, he says that, "The challenge is not easy. We are at the forefront and we are giving of ourselves to treat and save Corona virus patients. These patients need not only medical care but also mental support and other forms of help, as they are completely isolated from the outside world. At the moment, I'm giving up on seeing my family because I don't want to put them at risk, because I'm exposed to a lot of patients at work. In parallel to working, I am studying for an MBA at MTA, through the remove-learning online system. I hope we can overcome this epidemic and return to our normal, regular daily routine, with as few as possible patients and casualties. Please take care and don't leave your homes! It will also make it easier for us”.