It takes a lot of compassion to become a nurse. In a way, mother's and dads are nurses who tirelessly will spend hours taking care of loved ones in their household, who have become unwell. Mother's cannot afford to be sick and sometimes, it's the sick taking care of the sick. We do this out of love. How one prepares to engage against the fight of Ebola is another matter. And, will we be willing participants, as nurses and medical staff and EMT's are, outside of our family, for our neighbor or stranger? We are under pressure as it is imperative to stop this invader NOW...
Nurses that are ill, two young and healthy individuals, it is said because of violations in protocol? Perhaps, but there are two sides to every story. We are always looking to find fault with someone else, to get us off the hook. What was given them to work with? What did they know going in to treat the infected person? The crisis we seem to be having is the blame game. Nurses do not want to be ill. Who else is going to treat the patient, especially when it is their job? Nurses and EMT's, medical workers and staff are warriors pure and simple, in a fight which includes well defined procedures, and all hands on deck. Lack of proper preparation, unarmed against a giant killer such as Ebola can take down a nation, quickly. It seems, while the experts are saying the protocol was violated, in the case of two nurses who now have contracted the Ebola virus, they are unable to determine "how it was violated." Placing blame, leads to wasted time and resources. Instead, let our resolve be to result in solution? How prepared are we to take on this giant killer? The focus should be only on how can we fix this.
Truly, we must help the women and others who have no choice but to do their job, knowing that they risk their own lives, and possibly the lives of their own family. The fact is, that we are all in this together. We are a "dependant on each other" society. If they fail, we all fail. We have a killer in our midst and Ebola is hungry.
Can we afford to drop the ball on this one?
6 days ago