Joshua Meals is a clinical nurse manager at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He oversees an acute care nursing floor with a staff of over 60 nurses. While they don’t treat patients with Covid, they still feel the ripple effects of how the pandemic disrupts the hospital.

ATMI producer Ada Bjorkman spoke with Meals about managing the acute care unit during the pandemic, how staffing shortages impact the nurses and patients, and how he works with his team to make sure they continue to provide the best care possible during this stressful time.

They spoke on January 19th, 2022.

Hosted by Forrest Rodgers.

Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman.


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