Room At The Inn’s senior resident assistant Lynne McGrath is also a nurse at Moses Cone Hospital. She recently talked with us about what it’s like working during the pandemic and what keeps her and her fellow nurses going strong.

Lynne McGrath, one of our part-time staff members who cares for our moms and babies, wears many hats—and gloves and masks!  A mother and grandmother, Lynne works in the office at St. Benedict Catholic Church and as the parish’s faith formation director, which typically doesn’t require any protective gear. However, she also is a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit on Floor 3 of the Midwest building at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she knew she couldn’t be at the maternity home and risk exposing the moms and babies, so she isn’t with us once a week as usual, but she’s very much with us in spirit.

“Not being at RATI it is difficult, especially because I enjoy spending time with the girls and sharing their pregnancy experiences with them. Now I am missing the best part—what we have been waiting for, the birth of their babies. I saw on Facebook that Sydney just gave birth. It’s sad that I cannot be there to share the joy with her,” she says.

Yet Lynne’s spirits are up overall. She credits the many prayers from her family and friends, including those at her places of work, as well as the can-do, selfless culture at the hospital.

“Our nurses, aides, doctors, and respiratory therapists are very special and courageous people,” Lynne says. “They put fear and self-concern aside to focus on the care and well-being of their patients. I see a positive, encouraging, supportive and hopeful atmosphere in the ICU. The teamwork is incredible. I would never leave this job. I love what I do—caring for patients.”

We miss you, Lynne, and are praying for you and your team. We look forward to the day you return!

Caption: Lynne McGrath (fourth from left) with part of her ICU team of nurses at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro