When Sabrina Henri, ‘10, ‘20, arrives at work at the Yale-New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital, she’s nervous. She’s the most seasoned and experienced RN in her unit, which means that she’s in charge of the 100-bed emergency department in her 500-bed hospital. Her emergency room is currently running at 95% capacity, and her fellow nurses and doctors are busier than they’ve ever been. The hospital is a designated coronavirus testing facility, and it is close enough to New York City to feel the effects from the city’s outbreak.

Shortly after arriving, Sabrina and her team are notified that three ambulances will be arriving with three patients with COVID-19. They want to help everyone, but with the nature of the virus, they know that may not be possible.

During this pandemic, Sabrina has cared for patients as young as 16, and has provided care for several patients on ventilators. Thankfully, she and her team have been able to extubate most patients on ventilators after two weeks.

Despite the numerous challenges surrounding the pandemic, she manages to stay optimistic.  

“I initially wanted to go to dental school,” Sabrina said. “However, this pandemic has made me realize that not all sectors in the health field are equal. I may take a gap year and work on an application for medical school instead and go into emergency medicine. I am optimistic about the future because, at the end of the day, I am healthy, I have a good job, and I am surrounded by family and friends.”

Sabrina is grateful for her time at Mount Aloysius College for helping her become the best nurse possible. Her teachers gave her the knowledge she needed to succeed, but more than that, the program allowed her to work while studying. And thanks to the Mount’s dedication to combining faith and learning, Sabrina says she was better equipped to handle the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think that the fact that Mount allowed me to stay connected to my faith helped me to be able to deal with the tragedy.”