Nurses Can and We Will !
My name is Georgina Villarreal and I became a Registered Nurse summer 17'. I remember feeling devastated after not passing my nursing boards the first time. I sat through the entire 6 hours of that exam staring at my future filled with an overwhelming sense of anxiety and it paralyzed me.
I walked out, cried, called my mom and signed up to retake the exam the second I could. God willing, I passed.
I bring this up because the nursing profession changed my life. The road to nursing was not easy but for every setback or failure that took place, I treated it as a chance for growth and a new challenge I was willing to face. I’m a first-generation college student and nurse in my family and I am proud to represent the 5% of Latino Registered Nurses in the U.S.
This profession, like many healthcare professions, is humbling and honorable. When I use to work in oncology, the hardest part of my job was seeing otherwise healthy adults dying from a disease that did not discriminate.
I’ll never forget the night shift I had during my residency when the daughter (who was my age) of one of my patients (who was my mom’s age) fell in my arms and cried, “My mom can’t die she is my best friend, please don’t let her die.” Her mom had recently been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer called glioblastoma and had a poor prognosis. I held and comforted my patient’s daughter as long as I could and held in my tears until I got in my car, so I could call my mom and tell her how much I loved her. Like I said, it’s a humbling and honorable career.
If you did not know, 2020 was designated the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by the World Health Organization in recognition of the nurse’s vital role and devotion to our country’s health care. While I personally thought this year was going to be celebrated in memory and recognition for past nurse accomplishments, our country’s current state has truly proven that nurses are the frontlines of healthcare, we are the bloodline. Nurses are needed now more than ever. Our country has declared a national emergency concerning the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID- 19) and this virus does not discriminate.
Nurses all around the world, are being called to the frontlines and are not encouraged to miss work unless they are short of breath, febrile or actively coughing. Endemic fears are causing people to steal and ration hospital supplies, while our government enforces mandatory school and business closures for public safety. There are nearly 299,000 international global cases and 12,762 global deaths while the United States has declared a total of 24,000 cases and nearly 300 deaths as of March 21, 2020.
It infuriates me to know that nurses are working in unsafe and overwhelming conditions putting themselves and their patients as risk because our country was not prepared for a pandemic such as this. Personal protective equipment, due to scarcity, is being taken away from nurses and locked up to help conserve. We need to stop sacrificing the safety of our healthcare professionals.
Who else will be left to save us?!
This is an all-in moment. This is the Year of the Nurse. We can overcome and address this virus together. We are nurses. We are heroes. We Can. Nurses Can.
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