“Sometimes the point of sharing is to get people to understand how human we are & what things are really like for us”
Ashley Bartholomew is an ICU nurse in El Paso, Texas. She spent the past several weeks working in the Covid ICU at her El Paso hospital during a tremendous surge in hospitalized patients. After that she shared her experiences in a Twitter thread that has since gone viral. She joins us to discuss confronting misinformation at the point of care, redefining professionalism in how we show emotion, and why being told you’re a hero can feel dehumanizing
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1. What is El Paso, Texas like?
2. The sense of common purpose amongst those at the front lines of the pandemic
3. Seeing the surge firsthand the day before her scheduled last day and stepping forward to work for an additional three weeks in the Covid ICU
4. Writing a Twitter thread that went viral
5. Where Ashley felt a sense of empowerment sharing such vivid and candid experiences
6. The problems with stoicism and the moment where Ashley broke that barrier with her patient
7. The need to redefine “professionalism” when it comes to showing emotion as a whole person
8. Do nurses feel like they shouldn’t be sharing work experience for fear of reprisal?
9. The disruptive effect of mixed messages
10. What the limelight feels like and dealing with the inevitable trolls
11. Why humanizing health care professionals is so important & calling them heroes can actually feel dehumanizing
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