Dealing With This Outbreak As A Nurse

The world: locked down. Me: going to work. I’m not complaining, believe it or not. I feel grateful to be one of the few people who has job security throughout all of this, and I’m glad I’m able to help people at the same time. Never in a million years did I think I’d be part of something so huge going on in our world, and here I am on the frontline. This crisis is real, and as a healthcare worker, I’m asking you to do your part while I do mine.

Before I get into things, I want to thank all my friends and family who have reached out to me to ask me how I’m doing throughout this pandemic. While I understand why you worry, I beg you not to. I’m taking every precaution that I should be taking, so hopefully my body is able to defend itself while I help those who can’t. But again, thank you all for your kind words and prayers- they don’t’ go unnoticed and they mean the world.

I also want to extend my thanks to all my fellow nurses, doctors, PAs, NPs, pharmacists, speech pathologists, nurse techs, unit secretaries, patient transporters, hospital cleaning staff, and everyone in between. The teamwork we’ve all put in is the only thing that’s going to help us fight through this safely and effectively.

Now, let’s talk about social distancing.

And don’t roll your eyes like you didn’t scrounge around for excuses to cancel plans every weekend. Now it’s a burden? Please. Take this seriously, guys. Quarantining isn’t meant for you to go to a new family member’s house every other day. If you live alone, then stay home alone and only leave when necessary. If you live with three other people, stay at home with those three people. It makes no sense if each of you are going to hang out with another group of five other people and then going back home to each other. That is exactly how the virus spreads and totally defeats the purpose of quarantining/distancing. Work is cancelled for a reason. School is cancelled for a reason. I know you’ve seen it all over Instagram, but we healthcare workers gladly go to work so you can stay home. Do your part to stop the spread of this virus.

My thoughts on this pandemic? It’s only going to get worse before it gets better. Unfortunately, people aren’t taking this social isolation thing seriously, and we’re going to feel the repercussions of it. Our economy is going to take a hard hit, and life as we know it may take a while to get back to normal. My advice:

  • Please take social distancing seriously. Stop hanging out with all your friends and family that you don’t live with. You don’t think I miss my best friend? She basically lived at my house, but it would be selfish of me to expose her to anything I may have unintentionally been exposed to.
  • Allow the stores to restock properly. You don’t need to buy 34 packs of toilet paper and 7 packs of chicken breast at once. Stop being selfish.
  • If you find yourself having symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath), only go to the emergency room if your symptoms are severe. If you think you may have been exposed and are having mild symptoms- be responsible and quarantine yourself. Also, get tested for the Flu. There’s a small chance you can test positive for both the Flu and COVID-19, so chances are if you have the Flu, you don’t have the Coronavirus.
  • Wash your hands. I can’t stress this enough. Don’t touch things in public places (you should be home, anyway!) and if you do, carry around hand sanitizer. Pump gas with a glove or paper towel, and frequently disinfect surfaces in your home.
  • Stop buying masks. Do you really need one to be sitting in your living room? It’s unnecessary and takes from the already limited supply of protective equipment healthcare workers need. Plus, you’re probably using it incorrectly and cross-contaminating everything.

I know this post was kind of long, but I know you’re all bored at home, tired of doing push-ups and tagging your pretty friends on Instagram stories. Please continue to be safe. Help your grandparents (drop off anything they may need at their door so you don’t have to come into direct contact). Educate yourselves with information released daily from the CDC and WHO. Go outside. Take in the fresh air and sunlight. Get a journal to express yourself. Make a routine if that helps you. See the positive in this terrible situation. It’s the only way we can keep ourselves sane throughout all of this. Thank you to everyone who has personally reached out to me to make sure I’m okay. Your thoughts make this all easier.

Much love from at least six feet away,

Nicki G.

P.S. For those of you who have reached out to me, yes- the hospitals have been hectic- but in a strange way. We aren’t necessarily flooded with patients, but there have been major changes and it’s been a big adjustment to be able to provide the best and safest care to everyone. Again, thank you so much for messaging me and thinking of me in these times… it truly makes things better. Xoxo.

3 responses to “Dealing With This Outbreak As A Nurse”

  1. Nurse Nicki rocks! I’m staying home, working out, and my fave… organizing. Let’s take this forced time off to do “all those things at home that we never have time to do”! ❤️

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  2. Nicki
    Good job! Take care of yourself as well as you take care of your patients
    Great recommendations which we are following.
    Looking forward to a family dinner once again.
    😘love you!!!!!!

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