A virus is “a piece of bad news wrapped in a protein coat.” -Peter Medawar
Since the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the coronavirus a pandemic, it has swept through the ranks of nursing without regard to school, title or rank. As the death toll continues to rise in the U.S., we lose nurses.
Experts speak daily on the lack of resources and capacity of our healthcare system, particularly the compulsory response to personal protective equipment, desperately needed by the frontline. Protective gear includes gowns, masks, goggles and gloves, the fundamental basics of infection control.
The picture of our future is met with somber eyes, and unfortunately aperçu by some. Meanwhile, our nurses are walking in unprecedented times, which for the profession as a whole, is an opportunity of a life time.