The Year of the Nurse and Midwife

Submitted by McGill University
October 30, 2020

For the past few months, the world has been experiencing uncertain times which has greatly shaped our way of living. A worldwide pandemic that defeats both small and mighty without discrimination. A virus that has been more destructive and terrifying to all nations, claiming more lives each day, especially the lives of our cherished elderly and people who are vulnerable due to their health conditions. More than 1 500 000 people worldwide have lost their lives to Coronavirus (Covid-19), (WHO, 2020). The effect of the pandemic caused by the Covid-19 is personally felt and close to my heart as I worked in a nursing home with Covid-19 positive patients. Being the only nurse with two orderlies on a floor that required at least four orderlies with over 30 patients was a very hard environment to manage. It was not only physically exhausting but emotionally and mentally draining, it felt like I was left alone to fend for myself and all the patients on the floor, who were left to my care. At the beginning of the crisis before the government took action, I started to question my role and my purpose as a healthcare worker because every time I would walk through the doors, people I loved dearly and cared about were dying. On top of being overwhelmed and deeply distraught, we were still short staff and we had to figure out ways to feed and change everyone on the floor which was almost impossible. This pandemic has tested my faith and the reason why I chose to be a healthcare professional. I came into nursing because I wanted to help vulnerable & sick people and COVID-19 has put me in situations in which I could not do that. Nevertheless, I am proud to be a nurse because, even though I was not able to save the lives of every single one of my patients, I made sure that I made them feel loved appreciated, and important before they took their last breath. Nursing is a very rewarding profession and I am proud that I can call myself a nurse. We are heroes and we should be proud of ourselves.

Thank you to all the wonderful nurses!