Transcript for 'GMA' surprises nurses who treat COVID-19 patients in their homes
Back now with a special "Tell T.J." You hear from so many heroes across the country and this group fits that bill. We spent a lot of time with the nurse, the folks in the hospitals but this time we're talking about visiting nurses. They're outside the hospital and taking on covid-19 with courage and compassion there gearing up. They have to gear up to go inside the homes of patients who wouldn't normally get this help if it wasn't for them. Which one of you want vital signs done? Reporter: It takes a special type of person to be a nurse. Listen to your heart and lungs, do a skin assessment. Check your feet. Reporter: To do it during a national health crisis takes a little something more. Covid-19 was a big disrupter in the way we provide care because now I can be sick from covid. You can be sick. My co-worker can be sick from covid. My loved one can be sick and we'll all in it together and all vulnerable. Reporter: The nurses at VNA health group in New Jersey work in a unique way. They go into the home of patients providing necessary care and necessary love. A lot of these patients are coming from the hospital who haven't seen their family in over a month. I always knew how important home care was, but during something like this, I realized how important what we do is. Reporter: As the pandemic hit, many home health providers stopped working and began re-evaluating whether or not it was safe to continue. The team at VNA kept going. I think the one thing that our company did that was amazing was that Leo and I work as a team. So no matter what, I'm not alone. So I'm considered a contaminated nurse and Leo is the clean nurse. Reporter: Each at home nursing team is made up of two nurses, one in full ppe goes to the patient. The other stays outside connected via speakerphone. Pressure was high, any new Reporter: Keeping track and charting the patient's progress. It was stressful in the beginning but I realize you know what, it's got to be done. Reporter: Then after the visit, Leo here works to decontaminate his partner throwing away used materials and even washing from an irrigation system set up in their trunk. The nurses at VNA turn to telehealth to reach care and monitor their covid positive patients. Those smartphones coming few and far between for patients and care givers. Lower income and older patients don't always have the access to these devices or necessary connectivity. It doesn't take the place of hands on with someone or holding their hand but in this pandemic when there are so many patients to get to, it was a game changer for all of us. We talked about people having that connectivity. But we have some friends over at Verizon and we told them about your story. And they wanted to help out so I have in front of me something they're going to send to you. The folks at Verizon, they are donating 100 of these devices to you guys. Oh, wow! 100 of these smartphones. Wow. So that you all can conduct more virtual visits as many as you can but 100 of these. Isn't that wonderful? They're coming your way, all Oh, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Okay, but not just that, they also because of what you guys are doing and you're going to have to work with me here, but, Ellen, they are donating $10,000. Oh. Oh, my god. That's -- Verizon is donating $10,000 to you guys. Oh. VNA, this is coming your way. How wonderful. For what you're doing, all right? Oh, that is -- that is wonderful. Oh, boy, the teams are going to be so excited. You guys are doing the work so don't thank us for anything. They heard your story. We're all doing our part. It's a tough time but we're all in this together for sure and we're all stronger. I know we are. She was such a delight, George. 10,000 and the phone also go a long way but to hear them talk about, they can be the first responders -- they have a phone. They can be there before 911 to assess by talking to the patient what's going on with them and try to help them work through something before -- Prevent catastrophes from happening? It's wonderful the work they're doing. We could see her excitement even through zoom. She was great. She was great. It was great. T.J., another terrific one. Thanks very much.
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