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Christian paediatric nurse volunteered to work in adult Covid-19 ICU ward, says God told her to join the battle

by Tola Mbakwe
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A Christian nurse has shared her experience of working on a Covid-19 ward during the pandemic.

Former United Reformed Church Youth Moderator, Katie Henderson, voluntarily switched from working on a paediatric ICU ward to an adult ICU coronavirus ward after she felt led by God to help battle the disease.

"I very much feel like this was a calling for me to do," she told Premier. 

"It's not something I never would have imagined I would have done. And I've always said I'm very much a paediatric nurse. I love children. I never thought I could work with adults. 

"God's nudged me to do this and to test me. But I think he's put me there as well to be there for these patients when literally no one else can because the families can't come in and there's not enough nurses."

Katie Henderson

Henderson said although she felt by God to join the frontline, it's been a big emotional challenge. 

"There has been some deaths from workers from my hospital. It's challenging and every day we go in and we're not sure what the situation with PPE is. [I think] 'am I going to be protected enough?' We crack on because that's what we have to do."

She added: "Every day I go into work unsure what personal protective equipment we will have. Right now, we are having to wear white boiler suits imported from Turkey that come in one size, that doesn't fit all. Why? Because there are no gowns left. They are so hot that people are sweating through the scrubs underneath. We are living in scary times and now more than ever I find myself reliant on my faith."

Henderson said regularly talking to her Christians friends on Zoom and worshipping together has been vital for her during the coronavirus pandemic.She said throughout all the challenges God's presence has been evident. 

"God is in the British Airways staff that are in the hospital everyday providing us with food, drink and conversation. God is on the streets on a Thursday at 8pm when the nation comes together to show their appreciation for all key workers," Henderson said. 
 
"These are only a couple of examples, that I have first-hand experience of, of the incredible work being carried out in hospitals across the globe right now. 

"When you shift your mindset to thinking of all the good things happening in our communities, countries, the world, it is easy to see the countless ways in which God is showing his love for us. "
 
Listen to Premier's interview Katie Henderson here: 

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