We are the land of plenty.
But not now
We stand naked.
Our America is not prepared.
With the surge of coronavirus invading our nation, nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists and medics remember our oath, our dedication and our persistence of always putting sick people first.
Everything is urgent, and emergent and downright scary.
We all worry if we’ll be infected. Will we carry this virus home to our family?
Isolation and quarantined.
The front lines are Emergency Departments and ICU’s and not only are there not enough beds, or ventilators, there are not enough experienced nurses, or respiratory therapists or physicians to spread out. Some physicians are dead. A nurse has died.
We are being told by management to use the same mask day in and day out.
Our PPE’s are inadequate and not bountiful.
An experienced nurse has been suspended because she refused to take care of a coronavirus positive patient in ICU, as she was not given a mask or gown to protect herself. Because the hospital was out of supplies.
Nurses are told if they test positive they must report to work anyway.
This devastating list and problems are extensive.
And there is no way out.
We are the killing fields with minimal or no protection.
I say make noise and document.
Report to the state board of nursing.
To the health department.
Report to OSHA.
This is not a hoax.
This is not a science project.
This is the real thing.
A virus spreading wildly with no vaccine.
And when the nurses and physicians and respiratory therapists and medics start tumbling down like a domino effect, in sickness or in death….
It’ll be lights out for those in need.