Houston Methodist nurses becoming surrogate families for COVID-19 patients

Nurses becoming surrogate family members for COVID-19 patients
Nurses becoming surrogate family members for COVID-19 patients

HOUSTON – Health care professionals are finding themselves stepping in as surrogate family members amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Janeisy Romero, a nurse with Houston Methodist, said she doesn’t take the responsibility lightly.

“You have to be not only their nurse but their comfort and the one who they turn to because their family is not present,” she said.

Romero said she cares for patients battling COVID-19 in the highly infectious disease unit. She said she is often present during the toughest of times.

“I don’t let my patients pass away alone,” she said. “I try my best to be there with them during those last moments.”

Tabatha Ketner, a nurse at Houston Methodist, is also working in the highly infectious disease unit.

“We’re even limited to our amount of time in the room, but we’re making the most of it,” she said. “We want those families to know we’re doing the best.”

This level of care cannot be taught, said Romero.