When you decided to become a nurse, you knew it wouldn’t be easy. You knew there would be hard days, probably many of them. You were prepared for brutal shifts. You expected to have your heart broken sometimes.
But you probably never expected anything like COVID-19. The reality is that the pandemic is testing you in ways you never could have imagined — physically, mentally, and spiritually.
As much as you have always loved your job, nowadays, signing in for each shift feels like a test of strength and willpower. And when you are not exhausting your every moment fighting to save your patients from this merciless enemy, you are thinking of the ones who have been lost and those whom you may lose.
You are in constant fear for your family, your friends, yourself. Your faith in a tomorrow that is brighter than today may be faltering.
And in the face of so much turmoil, you might feel like there’s simply no time and energy left to take care of yourself. But prioritizing your physical and mental health is precisely what needs to be top of mind at this moment.
As a nurse, you are the foundation. And if we’re going to keep from collapsing, we must keep our foundation strong!