Heroes : “You Make a Difference”
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary a Hero is:
he·ro | \ ˈhir-(ˌ)ō \
Definition of hero
1a: a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent
endowed with great strength or ability
c: a person admired for achievements and
d: one who shows great courage
In honor of Florence Nightingale’s 200th anniversary, 2020 has been declared the “Year of the Nurse”.
I would like to define 2020 a step further and deem it the Year of the
HERO. That is exactly what you are, Heroes.
I am sure many of you truly never understood or could appreciate what it
meant to be faced with a pandemic when you were in your Community Health
Nursing course. I know I didn’t. As we wrote policy and plans for
disasters the pandemic section seemed like a regulatory requirement that
had to be there because it was, well, required. There it sat, the section
we figured we’d never have to touch. How could a country as advanced
as ours end up with a pandemic, not just knocking at our door, but forcing
its way in? Little did we know. Fortunately, we are a profession that
adapts. One that is ever evolving and always learning. We know what we
do today will change tomorrow. It takes great strength, knowledge and
the gift of foresight, to weather these changes.
Nurses, more than any other group of healthcare professionals, are affected
by the COVID-19 pandemic in a profound manner. Heroes, you are spending
more time exposed to patients who are positive. You are the ones assuring
the patients are safe. You are the ones comforting those who are unfortunately
alone and isolated due to the nature of this devastating disease. You
are finding ingenious ways to care for your patient in an environment
that is not always ideal. You work hard to ensure your patients, coworkers
and the community are safe.
We honor your strength, dedication and willingness to step forward in the
face of this virus, while the rest of the world has been asked and mandated
to take a step back. What an honorable sacrifice you have made, many times
forsaking your own family and risking your life to care for those who
are less fortunate in this fight against something we cannot see, the
very thing wreaking havoc on our country and the world. You are making
sure that your patients know they are loved; ensuring no one is alone
in what could very well be their final moments.
YOU are the angel on Earth
YOU are the strength of this community
YOU are the fearless one in the face of fear
YOU are our HERO
Happy Nurse’s week, Nurse’s month and more importantly, Happy
Year of the HERO!!
I am honored to work with each and every one of you. You are my Heroes!!
Nancy M. Devine, CNO