This is the last post with a daily nurses week topic. Monday I will review the posts in the forums, private messages, posts about articles, and general good Mighty Nurse activity and pick a winner for the unofficial contest. Remember, Mighty Nurse has nothing to do with the contents of the prize (a signed copy of Haiku STAT!!). It may not be politically correct.
Thank you all for your extra activity this week in support of nurses. It has been a lot of fun for me. Keep posting in the forums and helping this site grow even Mightier.
Today’s question: When a new strain of influenza comes around with a vengeance, like the flu of 1918, or a strain of SARS or some other highly fatal, contagious bug is spreading all over the world … Will you go to work or will you stay at home with your family and try to minimize your exposure? Is your hospital ready for a pandemic? Have enough masks, ventilators, etc? It’s only a matter of time before some new strain puts the hurt on society, who is going to continue to work?
I will be on the front line working my butt off to keep my patients alive and well. I have signed up with my local health dept. for emergency situations such as this for two reasons. One, because I am a nurse, it’s who I am, it’s what I do. Second, and more selfishly , I will be giving out vaccinations and care because my family is promised to be first vaccinated and cared for in such a situation. The thought of hiding out with my family safe at my side is appealing, but I couldn’t possibly sit back and do nothing while so many suffered. It’s just not me.
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