“As a novice nurse, I expected the first few years of my practice to be full of experiences that would challenge me and help me grow as a practitioner.
One challenge I certainly didn’t expect was to be on the front lines of a pandemic.
With a no visitors policy enacted at my hospital to protect our patients and providers, I’m one of the few people that can physically interact with my patients. I’m incredibly privileged to play a part in their lives now more than ever.
As my colleagues and I brace for whatever may come next, a shared sentiment has come about – we need each other.
Whether it is confiding our difficulties in one another, debriefing after a particularly difficult shift, or sharing links to apps that help with mental health, the collective sense of support has been incredibly inspiring.
While COVID-19 has turned normal life upside down for all of us, I am thankful for the outpouring of compassion, solidarity, and support from so many individuals in my professional and personal life.
Despite newfound responsibilities, stressors, and challenges that have come everyone’s way, one thing prevails – hope. And that is what is driving us forward.”