A brave nurse has opened up to tell us what the COVID-19 looks like for nurses that are also parents.
While we all know the basics behind the economical and logistical sides to this pandemic, many times we overlook what COVID-19 looks like for nurses that have families of their own to look after.
This Aussie nurse penned an open letter to the public, telling us what COVID-19 looks like for nurses with kids:
PANDEMIC! Is a word as a nurse your never expect to hear. It is still hard to believe that this is real and not just some bad movie. Every day we are preparing for what we feel is inevitable. Masks, gowns and gloves have now become part of our daily attire which isn’t the hardest part.
As a nurse, reassuring patients and helping them deal with their grief and anxiety, well that’s always been part of this gig. Helping and supporting them when they are most vulnerable – yes, that too. Now with the current pandemic we not only need to take on the role of the nurse and health care professional, but we must also support our own families through these uncertain and completely terrifying times. The increased workload, professionally, and the constant stress from the current pandemic is taking its toll on all of us.
Yes, as nurses we know that we are here for the sick. We know this is part of our job. We know we need to be there when you are scared.
But, do you know our heart breaks when you see your wife take her last breath? Do you know we hold back our tears, when we tell you your husband won’t be coming back home? Do you know we are just as scared as you are about this pandemic and fear bringing home the virus to our family?”
We are just as scared as you are, yet we still face this virus everyday.
We are exhausted but we still continue to go to work each day for you. We are so careful not to take this virus home to our families, so we can be there for you and your family.
Please check on all your nurse and health care worker friends, because they are just as worried as you are about COVID-19. We are carrying your stress, worry and grief on our shoulders as well.
So, please, if you can, stay home. Stay home, so I can protect my family, too.”