Since corona virus entered this island in late February, numerous measures were initiated by government to get a good hold on spread of the disease. So was the hospital where I work in, was also well prepared and had put plans ahead to tackle the surge. My role with caring covid patients initially began with screening patients for virus, later continued with managing the suspected cases and now going on with caring patients who needs intensive care. Though I felt, these past 2 and half months as working in scary environment, I also felt it was one of my proud moments in my nursing career.
Initially it was told that 1/4th of total corona virus cases could be health care workers and by march end there would be around 15,000 positive cases in Ireland (Thank God it was around 3000). Furthermore in April, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said that nearly 1 in 10 of diagnosed covid-19 cases in Ireland are nurses. As I am working directly with covid patients, I always felt scary at work, thinking that I might be likely to get infected with corona virus soon!
WAR ZONE WORKING ENVIRONMENT
It was sure that, my daily assignment would be one of the covid patients in the unit. Though I wear full PPE, I still work in an environment surrounded fully by corona virus. It means I am exposed everyday to corona virus. It’s like a battlefield, where you are surrounded by your enemies, but still you need to put all your efforts to save your patients and bring them back out of this danger. At the end of the shift when I doff my PPE, I used to feel like coming out of the warzone by fighting with the enemy(The virus).
I feel very proud that lot more people now recognise the work of nurses. Public support for health care workers during these tough times makes me feel proud as a nurse. Frontline staffs are treated like warriors from past 2 months. Everyday Meals, sweets, cards etc have touched my heart. Dedicated shopping hours at supermarket, concession in grocery stores for health care workers are many of other measures which I had never seen before. It’s a privilege that, public recognise and appreciate the hard work of nurses.
How hard the life might be with wearing all the PPEs and working in a scary environment, as a nurse my patient comes first. When my patient is in danger and is suffering, I cannot keep my hands tied and maintain distance thinking that, patient has virus in him. Thousands of nurses like me across the globe are rendering selfless nursing care to patients affected with this virus. By seeing positive outcomes on covid patients after all the interventions by health care professionals involved in the patient care, makes me to feel honoured to be part of an amazing team that I am working with. With Pride I say, I am a Nurse.
Please share your experiences/reflections of nursing care of Covid patients in the comment section. Lets make our voice heard and learn from each others experiences.