Nurses Share Thoughts on 2020

 In Nurses Weekly

Several months ago, I wrote about the celebratory nature of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic stopped us in our tracks. Our focus has been changed, but not the pride in nursing and all that we are doing in 2020. Nurses and other health care workers are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response, providing high quality, respectful care, leading the conversation to address fears, misinformation and lead the world in the COVID-19 response. We are working and caring every day in every corner of world. The light shines brightly on us and the Year of the Nurse and Nurse Midwife.

To understand the impact of the pandemic, I asked clinical nurses to describe the 2020 The Year of the Nurse and Midwife in a few words. Everyone was eager to give a statement and many, many were very prideful for the nursing care done in 2020.

Below are some of the comments by nurses working at an academic medical center caring for many patients with cancer, as well as those with COVID-19.

  1. “The Year of the Nurse and Midwife has shown me so much about human kindness and empathy.”
  2. “Nurses show up and get the care done every day.”
  3. “Nurses are adaptable.”
  4. “Nurses are excellent change agents by making quick decisions. Got to get it done.”
  5. “Nurses are proud to be frontline leaders.”
  6. “When I started on the UCLA COVID-19 unit, I was anxious but so proud of me, my fellow nurses and my hospital. We all supported each other.”
  7. “Nurses are the super star.”
  8. “I assisted my manager with the process of screening patients so that they could receive their chemotherapy – we were so innovative. I am proud to say we are keeping cancer patients safe every day.”
  9. “I will never forget, and will be forever changed as a new nurse, helping COVID-19 patients die with dignity and love. What other profession gets to do that at their job? 2020 is really the year of the nurse.”
  10. “The Year of the Nurse and Nurse Midwife- Changing from an OR nurse to a safety champion when all the surgeries were cancelled. I never worked anywhere but the OR. [It was] terrifying, but my nursing colleagues supported and educated me. It was an amazing experience.”
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