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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic started its devastating roll across the country, the health care work environment was experiencing challenges – especially for nurses in Odessa.  A nurse in Odessa says the worst is yet to come. CBS 7 reports this story.

COVID-19 remains a mysterious virus. Some people have it that never show symptoms. On the other hand, others end up in the hospital on a ventilator. MCH says that as of today, it has 55 people in the covid unit – that’s the highest number they’ve seen during the pandemic.

The nursing staff at MCH says the coming months will be the peak season for COVID-19. Areli Bustamante has been a nurse for the past eleven years but says she’s never been through anything as physically and emotionally draining as this pandemic.

Several nurses who work in the COVID unit occasionally have to step away when they get overwhelmed. Although the job is challenging, Bustamante says she is where she needs to be.

“The unknown is there. The fear of the unknown is there. Of course, I’m scared to take it to my family, kids, and loved ones, but I’m here. I’m here to help these patients, these family members, and this is what we do. I’m very proud to be where I am,” said Bustamante.

The Director of the critical care unit, Lisa Mota, says she understands people who think coronavirus isn’t that big of a deal.

Especially if they – or people they know – had mild symptoms.

Read the full story here.

If you are an RN or an LVN who is currently facing any disciplinary issues before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), please contact Odessa nurse attorney Yong J. An, call or text at 832 428 5679 or email him at Mr. An has represented over 100 nurses before the Texas Board of Nursing since 2006.