When CU Nursing PhD student Brittni Goodwin, MSN, RN, realized there weren’t enough N95 masks for her colleagues at area hospitals, she went to work to get the needed supplies. Like many health care professionals, Goodwin felt the need to help co-workers who were being stretched so intensely during the Covid-19 outbreak. “It’s a bit like survivor’s guilt. I felt I wasn’t doing enough,” said Goodwin.
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Brittni Goodwin, MSN, RN
She started small by contacting local tattoo parlors and dental practices and got 150 surgical masks and other items. She then asked herself “How can I have a bigger impact?”
After reading articles that people were hoarding, she became concerned that health care workers would not have enough personal protection equipment (PPE) to protect themselves. So, she sent a message to Home Depot pleading with them to reserve the supply of N95 masks for health care workers.
“I didn’t expect anything,” said Goodwin, a PhD student in CU Nursing’s Caring Science program. The surprise came when Home Depot responded and asked her where she wanted them to deliver the masks.
Caught off guard, she provided them with her home address. Within days, she had 11,000 N95 masks in her garage. Not knowing where to distribute, she contacted Associate Professor Teri Hernandez, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at CU College of Nursing to determine the best way to mobilize so most Colorado health care workers could have access to the supply. Dr. Hernandez got to work and arranged for 10,000 masks to be delivered to CU Anschutz Medical Campus on April 6, where thousands of health care workers are employed by UC Health University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Colorado. The remaining masks will be distributed to rural clinics in Colorado.
Now, that’s what you call teamwork!