• The Great Escape


Did you know that well before Covid19 hit 2020 was designated the International Year of the Nurse (to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of modern nursing)?

And as it turns out, for reasons none of us were expecting, it certainly was the year for not just nurses, but for the entire healthcare community.

Nursing, and healthcare roles in general, are hugely multicultural. We all work with nurses from around the world. Many of us have worked around the world ourselves. And as a result we all have colleagues and friends dotted across the globe.

And we share our stories. We hear from our colleagues in the Phillipines, The US, South Africa, Iran, India, and across Europe (to name a few) and we hear their stories of what Covid 19 is doing, and has done, to their communities, their patients, their colleagues, and to themselves personally.

We hear about the nurses falling ill. The nurses on ventilators themselves. Their colleagues who died. DIED, doing their job. We hear about the burn out. About watching people die every single day, and what that does to your own Mental Health. Particularly when you go from dealing with that at work, to your Facebook feed full of people denying the severity of this pandemic.

We're a close knit global community us nurses and healthcare workers, and we talk to each other. We support each other. And our hearts break for what our colleagues have had to deal with this year.

Now I may be a nurse myself, but this is absolutely not about me. I spent this year living in New Zealand, with the first half of the year on maternity leave and the second half working in a country that has been predominantly Covid-free. Believe me I am well aware of the bullet this country, and I personally, as a nurse, dodged.

But as 2020, the International Year of the Nurse comes to a close, now is the time to remember the entire global massive collective effort of our healthcare workers. Our doctors, cleaners, allied health, midwives, pharmacists, health care assistants, pathologists, radiographers, scientists, paramedics, first responders, and yes, our nurses.

What an absolute bunch of f$%king legends you all are

(Image from Dansun Photos. An excellent artist raising awareness around Mental Health outcomes in first responders and other healthcare professionals. Check him out at www.dansunphotos.com)

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