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Local nurse adjusting after work in New York

Posted at 7:52 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 22:52:21-04

(KGTV) -- San Diego nurse Ana Wilkinson spent a month working at New York’s Harlem Hospital during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. She returned to San Diego May 21st and returned to work at UCSD Medical Center, just three days later. The transition has not been easy.

“A part of me feels guilty leaving my team there. The first day back at UCSD Medical Center I felt lost and I cried.”

Wilkinson’s firefighter husband and two young sons understood when she answered the call for help in New York City. She has served on medical missions all over the world but this mission was the most challenging. Her motto is that no patient dies alone.

“I became attached to my patients and because their families couldn’t be there, I was there holding their hands when they died.”

Wilkinson says her time in New York has made her a better person and a better nurse.