May 6-12: National Nurses Week — Following In The Footsteps of The Lady With The Lamp

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Every Nurse Ought To Wash Her Hands Very Frequently – Florence Nightingale

During the Crimean war, Florence Nightingale led a team of nurses to a British base hospital. Shocked by the poor condition of the hospital, and by the care the patients were receiving, Ms. Nightingale set about righting the wrong, having the hospital cleaned from top to bottom. She became known as the lady with the lamp because she carried a lamp during her night rounds as she cared for her patients. For her tireless efforts for the benefit of patients in her care, and for pushing for reform within the British military system, she is now known as the founder of modern nursing. Today, as they battle the coronavirus, the men and women who make up the nursing workforce are following in her footsteps. Thus we now honor our nurses with National Nurses Week which runs from May 6th and ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12th.

What challenges are nurses facing at this time of coronavirus?

PPE. Those of us not in the medical profession are now very aware of the Personal Protective Equipment that nurses and other healthcare workers require to protect their health during the coronavirus outbreak. Nurses find they need to use this equipment with great care at this time. Wendy Shaw, a charge nurse for an emergency room in Seattle, told NPR about the use of PPE during the coronavirus outbreak, “We now have to learn how to work with less, and how to be good stewards of the resources that we have.”¹

Speaking about the challenges that nurses are facing regarding the current COVID-19 outbreak, Cynda Rushton, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing told Futurity.org, “It’s a time of great stress and uncertainty, and nurses are rising to the challenge.” She continues, “Nurses’ roles are now more important than ever. Nurses are often the last thread of compassion for patients. They’re the ones doing the screenings, taking care of the critically ill, implementing triage protocols, communicating to families, and attending to the dying.”²

There is no doubt that these are hard, heartbreaking times for those in the nursing profession. But, like Florence Nightingale and the other health care workers before them, they face the challenges with dignity and courage. For this, we thank you all for all you do. Know that we care about you and are cheering you on.

Yes, know that the lady with the lamp would be so very proud of you!

1. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/20/818402142/seattle-nurses-scrounge-for-masks-to-stay-safe-on-pandemics-front-lines

2. https://www.futurity.org/nurses-covid-19-2329212-2/

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