AN INTENSIVE care unit nurse engaged on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic in Tennessee was shot and killed in a freeway capturing on her technique to work Thursday evening, the third nurse from her hospital to die in 4 years.
Caitlyn Kaufman, 26, was shot whereas driving down Interstate 440 in Nashville Thursday when she was fatally shot in her automotive. Police discovered Kaufman’s physique simply earlier than 9 PM however a preliminary investigation led police to consider she was shot between 6 PM and 6:30 PM.
ICU nurse Caitlyn Kaufman was shot and killed on her technique to work on ThursdayCredit score: Fb
Police discovered Kaufman’s automotive off the aspect of a freeway whereas the nurse was heading to St. Thomas West HospitalCredit score: Twitter
Kaufman was on her way to work for a 7 PM shift at St. Thomas West Hospital when she was shot. Police have since requested the general public for info in the event that they seen something uncommon whereas driving down the freeway on Thursday evening.
Kaufman is the third nurse from St. Thomas West Hospital to have misplaced her life in 4 years. Police discovered Ashley Brown’s physique, additionally 26, strangled and overwhelmed to loss of life in a trash can close to Nashville’s Centennial Park in December 2016. Her killer has not been discovered.
In February 2017, ICU nurse Tiffany Ferguson, 23, was stabbed to loss of life in her condominium by an intruder, who was caught and serving a life sentence in jail.
Information of Kaufman’s loss of life unfold throughout the nursing neighborhood as nurses and medical doctors attempt to grasp her mindless homicide in the course of a worsening pandemic.
Kaufman is the third nurse from St. Thomas West to have been killed since 2016Credit score: Fb
She joined the hospital in 2018 and had been engaged on the frontlines of Covid-19Credit score: Fb
“The sudden loss of life of such a younger nurse is at all times devastating, however much more so because of mindless violence,” said the Tennessee Nurses Affiliation in an announcement. “These are very emotionally attempting occasions for well being care employees.”
“Our deepest condolences exit to Caitlyn’s household, buddies, and colleagues at St. Thomas West,” it ended.
The hospital equally despatched out an announcement, expressing their condolences for Kaufman and her family and friends.
“We’re devastated to study of the tragic and sudden passing of our ICU nurse Caitlyn Kaufman,” the statement started. “She was a devoted and much-loved member of our MICU group and a brave healthcare hero who was graciously referred to as to serve our sufferers with compassion and kindness.”
“Our hearts and prayers exit to her household, buddies, and also you, her colleagues, as all of us grieve her heartbreaking passing,” the hospital continued. “Ascension Saint Thomas has Chaplains and different assist sources out there at websites of look after grief counseling.”
Kaufman was from Chicora, Pennsylvania, a small city 50 miles north of Pittsburgh, with a inhabitants of simply over 1,000. She was a star diver on her highschool and school swim groups earlier than she started working as an ICU nurse at St. Thomas West in December 2018.