‘It’s kind of like a warzone’

By Kyle Hobstetter on May 4, 2020

TU nursing alumnus Tyrin Tyson R.N. ’18 shares his experience of working as a travel nurse in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic

TU nursing alumnus, Tyrin Tyson '18
Tyrin Tyson graduated from Towson University in 2018 with a degree in nursing. Now working as a travel nurse, he is currently on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in a Brooklyn, New York hospital. 

Tyrin Tyson ’18, describes himself as a bit of a nomad. He's someone who likes to travel and see new places.

That’s why the Baltimore native, and self-described people person, became a nurse. Not only is he able to help people, but as a travel nurse he was able to travel to different parts of the country and apply his craft.

But when he graduated from Towson University’s nursing program in 2018, he never expected that his first travel assignment would be in the epicenter of one of the largest pandemics in American history.

Tyson is currently working as an emergency department nurse in Brooklyn Sinai Hospital. After spending the past month working in New York City, he said it was completely different than what he did during his training days at local Baltimore hospitals.   

“It was a culture shock,” Tyson says. “At my past two hospitals, we only had one suspected person with COVID, but here (in Brooklyn) everyone had COVID. I didn’t see how real it was until I saw how sick everyone was.

“There was ambulance on top of ambulance coming in…it was kind of like a warzone.”

Learn more about how Tyson has been handling the past month in New York City, and what’s it like for this Towson University alumnus who is working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.