In the spring, Grilliot had deployed to Detroit VA to assist with their influx of COVID-stricken veterans. There were acute care nurses working in the ICU and she helped train them on ICU technique and protocols.
“I went there to give them relief, because their full time staff were really overwhelmed,” she said.
For the nursing staff at the Dayton VA, she said it has been emotional working with COVID-19 patients, who don’t have family there to support them in person.
One patient was there for 20 days and Grilliot cared for every day that she worked during that span.
“It’s bittersweet to see them leave but you’re very happy for them when they get to go home,” Grilliot said.