HOUSTON – One nurse practitioner from Spring knew she could do more to help communities in dire need of help during the COVID-19 pandemic. She decided to go to New York, one of the hardest-hit areas.
Elizabeth Condit, 32, said she knew a hospital needed her skills as the influx of patients overwhelmed the healthcare system. She flew into New York on April 1. She started working on the third day and has been working since.
She said she jumped into action because she knows what it feels like to be a moment of disaster. Her family experienced Hurricane Harvey. She said she wanted to bring healing: no matter the situation.
"It is to do what no one else can do, in a way that no one else can do it: that is to be a nurse," Condit said.
While also a wife and mother, Condit's heart inspired her to head to New York.
"After Harvey, knowing what it's like to have my city ravaged and being essentially picked up by those around you, was really, really deep for me," she said.
She said she travels to work every day. She takes a 45-minute bus ride from her hotel in Manhattan to the North Central Bronx Hospital. She said the hospital staff is exhausted, and that she has treated over 80 COVID-19 patients.
"It is not just the old. It is not just the sick. It is not just the people you expect it to be," Condit said. "I've had multiple patients come through in their 30′s. That's my age with no medical history. They weren't smokers or anything like that."