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A Broken System Revealed: Nursing During the Pandemic with Troy McMullen

In this week’s episode, Beth is joined by new nurse Troy McMullen, a nurse of three years who started just before the pandemic hit. Beth and Troy talk about his journey to become a nurse and what that meant when COVID took over the world. He talks about the various locations he worked as a travel nurse and how similar they all were in the frustrations he had with the system’s lack of proper care for the patients. Troy and Beth remind everyone that you have to know when to say no, even if that makes co-workers frustrated. It’s a journey you won’t soon forget.

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  • (00:00) – Welcome to Don’t Eat Your Young •Troy McMullen
  • (01:19) – Troy’s Background
  • (03:40) – The First Few Months of COVID
  • (05:45) – Deciding to Work
  • (07:43) – Shifting to Long Term Care Facility
  • (12:59) – Next Stops
  • (15:37) – Causes
  • (16:27) – Okay to Say No
  • (22:10) – Patient Mentality
  • (23:57) – Aides
  • (26:19) – CNAs and Techs
  • (27:57) – Troy’s Current Work
  • (30:30) – Last Thoughts
  • (31:45) – Wrapping Up

Stories from the Incredible World of Nursing.

Welcome to Don’t Eat Your Young, the podcast that brings you stories from the trenches of the incredible, wonderful, exhausting, terrifying, joyous world of nursing with your host, Beth Quaas.