“Sure, I was really scared at first. It is so sad that so many people have become sick. But I try to stay positive.”
The fact that Ms. Bhujel put her own fears aside to get the job done came as no surprise to anyone who knows her dedication and strong work ethic — and who understands how important Environmental Services associates are to patient safety and outcomes.
Ms. Bhujel, a UPMC Shadyside housekeeper for the past five years, worked throughout the pandemic, even after learning that her brother and a cousin who live in Columbus, Ohio, had contracted the virus.
“UPMC Shadyside gave us one-on-one training in infection control procedures. It takes twice as long to clean with all the extra disinfecting precautions. But it’s worth the time for patients and staff to know that we’re doing all we can to keep them safe.
“I feel safer now, too. When people tell you how brave you are and how much they appreciate your work, it makes me feel good. You have to stay strong.”