A Twitter user who purports to be a nurse has warned of the potential health risks related to understaffing in a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit which could be made more severe if administrators insist on COVID-19 jab compliance for the workforce.
“Just a little thread on what being short staffed in the NICU is like,” @BeccCobain wrote on the social media platform, as she discussed what she allegedly encountered at 6:30 a.m. when she arrived slightly early for her shift.
On that morning, her supervisor “begged” early arrivals to clock in before their shift normally started “because 3 admits are on the way.”
“Already minus 8 nurses on a 60 bed unit which means every nurse with stable babies will have 4 patients and the nurses with critical babies will have 3. That’s not safe. Walk to my area and there’s no time to sit for report because 2 babies just arrived at the same time,” she explained in the series of messages.
In addition to detailing various other challenges in the ward, Becc — who appears to be pro-vaccine — addressed the ripple effect of a mandate or a potential mandate on overworked caregivers.
“So when hospitals start firing staff for not getting the covid vaccine that situation will not improve. It will get worse, even if we lose only one nurse. And then nurses who are vaccinated will leave because of the stress. Then what?” she asked rhetorically.
It would be nice if every staff member in every unit had the vaccine, yes. But we’ve worked safely for months without the vaccine before it was available. We can continue taking care of our patients with the majority vaccinated and with precautions in place without firing anyone.
— Becc 👶🏻👣🍼 (@BeccCobain) October 6, 2021
“It would be nice if every staff member in every unit had the vaccine, yes. But we’ve worked safely for months without the vaccine before it was available. We can continue taking care of our patients with the majority vaccinated and with precautions in place without firing anyone.”
Becc then questioned (as many others have, including U.S. Sen. and MD Rand Paul) have, why follow-the-science public health authorities have seemingly ignored the science behind natural immunity.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 2, 2021
“These mandates don’t even take into account staff who have previously had covid and have natural and strong immunity. According to some studies, they have stronger immunity than vaccinated staff members? It doesn’t make sense,” she opined.
These mandates don’t even take into account staff who have previously had covid and have natural and strong immunity. According to some studies, they have stronger immunity than vaccinated staff members?
It doesn’t make sense.
— Becc 👶🏻👣🍼 (@BeccCobain) October 6, 2021
In the thread, Becc does not identify the hospital or the state where it is located, but the scenario that she is describing would be extremely concerning to parents with newborns or expectant mothers and their families.
Across the country, thousands of nurses — who obviously are on the front lines of healthcare of all kinds and thus are knowledgeable about potential infections — have already been fired or risk suspension or outright termination for abstaining from the shot for various personal reasons.
In New York, the situation is such that Gov. Kathy Hochul, Andrew Cuomo’s replacement, has called out medically trained National Guard troops to fill in for hospital staffers who are non-compliant with the state’s vaccine mandate applies in the healthcare sector.
Some of Becc’s followers have responded to her thread:
It doesn’t make sense in terms of health and safety.
When viewed through the lense of power, it makes perfect sense.
— Addison Albrecht (@addison_0043) October 7, 2021
Thanks be to God for NICU nurses. Excellent thread.
— PogueMahone63 (@PMahone63) October 6, 2021
Heartbreaking to read. Bless you, and all in your field.
— Leigh Goldman (@LeighGoldman6) October 6, 2021
Becc, we had two NICU babies (both scary great 30 year old people now). So sorry for what you are going though and really hope this gets better for you. Can we do anything to help?
— Phil Turner (@vongole21) October 6, 2021
I’d be honored to shake your hand just for working in the NICU. Seriously.
— Leigh (@sybilll) October 7, 2021
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