’I’m going to be there for the patients’; Mid-South nurse prepares to head to New York to help fight COVID-19

WATCH: Mid-South nurse heads to New York to fight COVID-19

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — New York is now the epicenter for cases of the coronavirus in the United States. The need for healthcare workers on the frontline is high.

Dakota Doss is a registered nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. She is prepared to head to Brooklyn, New York to help doctors and nurses treat patients with COVID-19.

Doss told FOX13 she felt compelled to go to New York.

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“There’s a couple other places I was looking at, but the need is just so great in New York, so that’s where I feel led to go,” said Doss.

While in Brooklyn, Doss will work with 8 to 10 patients at a time who are in critical care.

“A lot of the patients are just like, the census is so high that it’s kind of outflowing the hospital and they have tents set up outside to kind of help create more beds and ICU units so, I really don’t know what to expect. It’s going to be something I’ve never done before,” said Doss.

Doss has worked at Baptist Memorial for 3 years and said the beginning of the pandemic was certainly stressful, but things have calmed down.

“This whole thing is kind of unknown and it’s just kind of swept from the east all the way to the west coast,” said Doss.

She said not much has changed in her daily work routine and when she’s in New York, she’ll go into each day with the same mindset she uses when she goes into work in Memphis.

“That I have a job to do and I have to get that job done. I’m going to be there for the patients, but also just to help out with the nurses and the medical staff. Just to be open-minded and take in as much as I can. I’m sure there’s going to be so much that I learn with this opportunity,” she said.

Doss leaves for New York April 19 and will work there for the next month.

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