‘We’re at the worst, we’re seeing the worst of it now’: Knoxville ICU nurses share frontline insights

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE)- Exhaustion and frustration. People, not numbers. This is how two frontline healthcare workers in Knoxville begin to describe the last 10 months.

They are nurses in the Critical Care Unit at Parkwest Medical Center. They have many answers to the question, “How are you feeling?”

“I know that a lot of us are really frustrated that we’re still at this point. And even though we’re almost 10 months into this, that we’re at the worst, we’re seeing the worst of it now. Nothing is getting better. I feel like a lot of the general public still doesn’t take this seriously,” said Savannah Faulkenberry, she works the day shift in the ICU.

Faulkenberry and Rachael Kilbourn are two on the team of nurses. They work 12-hour shifts, and during the course of the pandemic, those shifts have become filled with patients positive for COVID-19.

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