Across MaineHealth, MMC’s parent organization and the largest integrated health system in Northern New England, nurses stepped up to care for their patients and communities in inspiring ways. In particular, the pandemic has compelled nurses and other colleagues to collaborate in new ways.
“This crisis has led to the greatest example of collaborative problem-solving I’ve ever seen,” said Nursing Director Jonathan Archibald, MSN, RN, who helps lead MMC’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). “It’s been all hands on deck. We’ve worked with our supply chain, our pharmacists, respiratory therapy, providers, rehabilitation medicine and colleagues at other MaineHealth locations. Everyone is answering the call.”
At MMC’s ED, nursing staff established isolation areas for potential COVID-19 patients and adjusted the care delivery model to ensure safety, all the while continuing to provide excellent care to patients with traditional, emergency-level needs.
“The emergency department nurses have really taken ownership of the processes that will ensure patient safety,” said Director of Emergency Services Faye Collins, DNP, RN, NEA-BC. “Above all, we are committed to the same caring and compassion that makes this such a special place to give and receive care.”