Being a nurse / Life by Sheri

The halls were quiet…

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The halls were quiet.  This first of two nights on shift was quiet.  The second night a bit quieter.  Now, don’t me wrong.  Patients are there, the patient noise level is still there, but there is something almost eery about walking into work and feeling a different vibe in the air.

Day one, I walked up to the hospital and entered through the employee entrance which has a view of the lobby.

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I looked around and only saw the staff.  The elevator ride up was quicker and somber, both days.  My mind has been racing about the future days to come, how many people will become sick with COVID-19, how many will die.  I mentioned I worked in Surgical/Oncology and Trauma.  What was going to happen to our compromised patients?  The patients that needed surgery, car accident victims?

That all stopped when I got off the elevator and realized the silence was deafening.  

The normal sounds, like IV’s beeping, staff talking, call lights going off and so on.  What I noticed was the lack of talking buzz.  You know that sound when lots of people are talking at the same time and it is almost like a hum.  Gone.  Patients know what is going on and they are scared, so we need to be there for them… Educate, educate and educate.

 Visitor restrictions are in place and only a few exceptions are made for very few patients.


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Caring for my patients are my first priority but know, I wonder how we are going to cope with so much going on… we need to make sure that we keep ourselves physically and mentally well.

Many, many people depend on us.  

Social distancing, even at work is going to be hard, but know that I have your back, so when you are reaching out for help, I will be there and I know you will be too.

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The silence is a reminder of what this world is becoming… Let’s bring back the noise!

Don’t forget to wash your hands!

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Yours truly,











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March 19, 2020 at 23:38

Thank you for being there for your community! Huge thanks to you and all the medical care providers around the world!

    March 20, 2020 at 07:36

    Thank you!!!
    We are all doing our part…. so thank you! You stay safe!!!!

March 20, 2020 at 03:13

Best wishes for your important work — hope there is no shortage of PPE for you.

    March 20, 2020 at 07:34

    Thank you….. and I sure hope for all that we have the PPE… you stay safe as well!

March 23, 2020 at 13:39

the title made me think about my life

March 24, 2020 at 09:02

Sheri you a a hero. Thank you for your work and thank you for sharing.

    March 24, 2020 at 20:12

    Ahhh thank you… I admit I am a bit scared…. for my patients they are immunocompromised…. but thank you for your words…

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