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Front lines of COVID-19: Norwalk nurse shares her experience

Jamie Briar is a single mom and a nurse on the front lines of COVID-19. She shares her COVID-19 experience so far with Local 5's Jack Miller.

NORWALK, Iowa — Nurses around the world are on the front lines battling COVID-19, and Jamie Briar is one of them.

Briar, a nurse from Norwalk, sat down with Local 5's Jack Miller to talk about her experience with COVID-19 so far.

Her journey with COVID-19 began quickly- she was hired back on at UnityPoint in the metro just a week before COVID-19 really slammed into the state.

"So, that was interesting," Briar chuckled. She said that hospitals are pretty slow right now.  

"Maybe it's the calm before the storm," she said. For now, Briar continues to do her job with just a few extra things to keep in mind.

"You definitely have to think about what you're doing before you go into each patient room because once you're in there, you can't leave unless you're un-donning, basically taking off every single piece of PPE," she explained.

Briar said that she feels completely safe to go to work, even after the personal protective equipment shortage. She said that the hospital has plans for how to keep its staff safe. 

"I think, I really think that they're doing a great job. I feel safe. I feel like I'm being taken care of properly and I'm able to, you know, perform my job safely," she said.

Nurses see gruesome things like this virus all of the time, but Briar said it's just "another part of health care." 

Briar said that she hasn't personally gotten to an emotional state with COVID-19, but she said it's hard to see others suffering around the world. 

"I definitely understand, but I think personally I haven't been too emotionally affected by it," she said.

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