“On the night of the Danforth shooting, I was inside a restaurant across the street from the shooter.
There was someone injured outside; as an emergency nurse, I felt that I needed to go help.
I find that when you face trauma, like with the Danforth experience, you tend to isolate yourself because you’re working through intense feelings. I feel like I can be someone my colleagues can rely on if they are stressed and overwhelmed, because I’ve been in a similar situation before.
I’m now helping with monitoring the health status of staff, screening for potential COVID infections, and testing our staff. We try to be a resource so that staff can protect their family members when they come home.
The future is really uncertain, and a lot of the time people don’t want to share their burdens or struggles with people because they feel vulnerable and judged. A lot of people are used to having their lives organized, but now a lot of people are dealing with a lack of purpose.
Knowing that I can be someone that can provide some solace to my colleagues is something that I take a lot of pride in.”