A video by a nurse in Albany, Georgia, went viral recently after explaining why she quit her job at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Melissa Thomas Scott, the nurse, has a pre-existing condition. She is a triple-negative breast cancer survivor and was diagnosed at age 31.
“I just quit my job. I clocked in. I find out that I’m being sent to a corona floor when they know that I have kids at home, who I can’t send away,” an emotional Scott said.
Scott explained to her supervisor that she had to put her safety and health first, especially for her children whose ages range from a newborn to age 17, but her concerns were not accepted.
“My manager sent me to a floor that is being tested for corona. She knows my health history. She knows all of this. I quit. I care about the patients and all but my family and my life, they matter. They come first. She knows my health history. I told her that my kids don’t have anybody to go to. I can’t send my kids away like everybody else. I’m done. I’m leaving,” she continued.
The Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital announced in a press release Wednesday, the same day that Scott quit, that they were caring for 357 patients have tested positive thus far, and many “critically ill Covid-19 patients” and reached capacity in three intensive-care units.
“As this public health crisis in southwest Georgia gets more severe, we have been reaching out to other hospitals in our part of the state,” the system’s CEO, Scott Steiner, said. “I am pleased that every one of our regional partners we spoke to in the last 24 hours agreed to assist by accepting patient transfers from us.”