Chattanooga nurse helping fight COVID-19 locally & globally

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – Health care workers all over the country are working tirelessly to help put  an end to the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

One chattanooga nurse is not only helping fight the disease in our area but also globally.

“Just follow the simple rules. It is not that hard and it may keep you from getting infected,” says Bren Ingle, RN at CHI Memorial-Hixson

Bren Ingle is a RN at CHI memorial and has been working in the medical field for the last 24 years.

She is also on the TN -1 DMAT team, which is a group of medical professionals trained for medical disasters and prepared to move at a moment’s notice into a disaster area anywhere in the world-providing medical care for those in need.

The team can be sent to help in any type of disaster, including one such as this- the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

Recently, Bren was deployed to Japan to assist Americans on the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship then San Antonio, and San Diego. 

“It’s very overwhelming sometimes. Sometimes i’ll have a moment where I think , ‘My goodness this is huge’ but I have to put that on the back burner because my mission is to take care of these people who are in a situation they didn’t ask for. We have to try to make the circumstances the best we possibly can,” say Ingle.

Ingle says she is constantly reminded that no matter how devastating a disaster may seem, we will get through it. 

“We have been through disasters before. It is terrible but we always work our way out of it. I think that is what people have to keep in mind. We can work out of this and into a better future,” says Ingle.

Ingle says fighting this virus isn’t easy and it knows no bounds.

But if we want to see the light at the end of the tunnel we should be following CDC guidelines.

“There’s no telling how long this virus is going to be around; before we get the vaccines , before we can get the right treatment for it. Nothing happens over night and the hardest thing to do is to say be patient. If we stick together and follow the rules, I think this too shall pass,” says Ingle.

Ingle wants to remind everyone to stay positive during this time.

News 12 would like to thank all healthcare workers for being on the front lines, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.


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