Juliana Morawski was an emergency room nurse for 30 years before retiring. But once the coronavirus outbreak broke out, she said she felt compelled to come out of retirement to assist in any way she could.
“We’re under threat, more than any other time I can remember in emergency medicine,” Morawski told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “I’ve never seen emergency departments or nursing or any of the services, actually, in general, under so much threat. And it's a family. So when family is threatened, you try to step up as much as you can.”
Morawski said most health care workers are simply doing their jobs, even though there’s a huge amount of stress in some areas, trying to treat as many patients as possible.
“Everybody lionizes the emergency responders and first responders as essential workers … but we're not martyrs. And I think it's very difficult for those of us who have worked this many years to actually … feel threat from our own environment also,” she said.
Morawski said that right now she’s answering phones for the Department of Health, but she’s eager to get into the ER once the coronavirus peak happens in the Chicago area.
“I want to be in the thick of it,” she said. She said she’s concerned about coronavirus, but isn’t letting that stop her. “I don’t want to have worry or fear rule my life, so I’m cautious but not worried,” she said.