Chelsea Bray, RN, Director of Nursing, COVID ICU
Previous role: Marketing and Administrative Liaison and educator for BRG’s
Wound Care and Hyperbarics Program since 2015
First role: New nurse grad on the telemetry in 2000 for a year, then in
the CICU for 8 years
How do you feel about your new role at Mid City?
I was part of the last group of nurses to work in the ICU at Mid City before
it closed there. The culture here has always been one of “family,”
and to this day, we still have ICU reunions.
I was approached to take on a management role here after the COVID-19 outbreak,
and it has been very nostalgic. To see these units open again -- with
doctors rounding, patients, nurses buzzing with activity – has been
emotional but awesome.
When word got out that this part of Mid City was opening again, so many
nurses reached out, wishing they could come back, and quite a few of them
are! And it’s not foreign at all after all these years – we’re
coming back to what we used to do every day.
What does it mean to be a part of the community’s response to COVID-19?
BRG Mid City has always been a beacon for this community, and the team
here is dedicated to giving patients the best care and the best chance
of walking out of here. We are also looking for an opportunity to serve,
so it’s fitting that in this great time of need we are there for
My kids have questioned why I would want to work on these units, with the
additional risk. But like I tell them, we’ve always taken care of
people who are sick and have various illnesses – the possibility
of exposure is always there. It’s our job as nurses to protect ourselves
and our patients – this situation is not that different from what
we do as professionals every day, safely caring for those in need.