Nurses Month 2020: Deanna McCarthy

Nurses Month 2020: Deanna McCarthy


By Ben Mandell

"For many people, family is one of the most important things in their lives. But for patients requiring 24-hour medical care, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that they have don't have a chance to see their family in person.

Deanna McCarthy, a nurse at Heinz Rehab Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, has seen this firsthand. The facility treats patients who require inpatient treatment.

Not being able to see family and loved ones may be one of the most difficult things for her patients to handle during this pandemic.

"The hardest thing for the patients is not being able to have visitors," McCarthy said. "We are so used to having families come in and participate in therapy. I'm fielding a lot of phone calls from patient's families to see how they are doing, I guess that is how my job has changed the most."

McCarthy's daily routine has changed due to the pandemic also.

"Things are a little different because we have to wear masks and gowns," McCarthy said. "Everyone is a little paranoid because the don't want to catch the virus."

Even though most of the world has shut down, McCarthy's patients still require treatment.

"We come in every morning and get our temperature taken before we are allowed back in the room with the patients," McCarthy said.

"The patients' routine has been changed as well because of COVID-19. After breakfast, they used to go to the gym, but now they get therapy in their rooms."

Deanna McCarthy has continued to help her patients through the pandemic and her work is greatly appreciated by all of us at the Times Leader.