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Idaho ICU Nurse Is Haunted By Patients She's Lost As State Copes With Largest COVID-19 Surge Yet

Ashley Brown is an ICU nurse at St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center
Courtesy of Ashley Brown

As record numbers of COVID-19 patients — most of them unvaccinated — show up for treatment in Idaho hospitals, nurses and doctors are bearing the brunt of the emotional toll.

Ashley Brown is a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at St. Luke’s Meridian. After a couple of her shifts last week — right before the state activated Crisis Standards of Care in North Idaho — she recorded her thoughts for us.

Idaho Matters is joined by reporter Rachel Cohen, who produced the piece in collaboration with Ashley.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!
Rachel Cohen joined Boise State Public Radio in 2019 as a Report for America corps member. She covers the Magic Valley and the Wood River Valley.