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Website spotlight: Nurses stayed with critical care patients during Hurricane Irene

Nurse Leader Insider, September 26, 2011

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Nurses at NYU-Langone Medical Center didn't bat an eyelid when Hurricane Irene started barreling toward the northeast last month. The hospital is just steps away from New York's East River and Mayor Bloomberg ordered the hospital to evacuate, along with four others in harm's way.

NYU-Langone refused to move six of its ICU patients, warning they were so desperately ill that moving them threatened their lives. The ICU's nurses eagerly volunteered to stay with their patients through whatever the storm may bring.

After receiving permission for the six patients to remain, Elaine Rowinski, RN, MPS, CCRN, CEN, nurse manager of the medical ICU, found she had no shortage of staff volunteering to stay and care for them.

"Every day we're faced with life and death. Every day my staff are heroes," says Rowinski. "Maybe because we're New Yorkers, we're very resilient. Also we're critical care people. This was nothing unique. Just what they're faced with and you deal with it. I'm very lucky."

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