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Written by a nurse in today's hospital environment

Remember 3 months ago when everyone cared about healthcare employees? We received lots of check-in phone calls and texts, countless prayers for safety and well-being, and sweet care packages, all to remind us that we were essential... and appreciated. There were signs stuck into the ground in front of every hospital saying ďHeroes work hereĒ and employees were proud to be there.
But all of that support has seemed to disappear.
But you know what hasnít disappeared? The stress on the healthcare workers during this pandemic. And if you think for one second that three months ago was the worst of it, here is some news for you.
You see, 3 months ago people believed in it. They wanted to keep everyone and themselves safe. So all those ďelectiveĒ surgeries were postponed. All the doctor office visits were virtual so they couldnít smell rotting wounds through the computer. People who probably needed to come to the ER didnít, in fear of contracting this virus. People put off treatment and preventative procedures and delayed care for as long as they could in hopes that this would be done with by now.
But itís not done. ITíS WORSE.
Not only is COVID worse, but the hospitals and patients are back in full swing. Hospital censuses are full. ERs are having to stack patients wall to wall and are treating patients in the waiting room, literally. ORs are back operating. Research, resource and additional nurses in hospitals are pulled back to bedside nursing. And somehow there still seems to be a shortage of staff.
Itís not only nurses either, but clinical techs, phlebotomists, respiratory therapists, PT/OTs, dietary staff, housekeepers... everyone is being effected.
And still... a nurse who has 6 patients to take care of gets reprimanded for forgetting to chart a medication. A tech who has a 14-patient load is still expected to bathe everyone who canít bathe themselves in the proper concentrated anti-microbial soap. A phlebotomist gets written up for drawing a stat lab 15 minutes late. Everyone is still expected to perform A+ care in a C- environment.
Most importantly, all that was mentioned above is only what goes on in hospital settings. This doesnít even begin to touch the home life of healthcare workers. Mothers and fathers who are healthcare employees are scared to bring this home to their families. Employees who are on sick leave getting weekly COVID swabs until theyíre negative and can come back to work, just to potentially contract it again. Spouses who go home and donít talk for an hour because they just ďneed a minuteĒ.
~ Donít worry, this post is almost over.
Maybe this is rambling and maybe you donít care. But maybe Itís necessary to say because it feels as though essential voices are being muffled by these masks. This is what healthcare workers deal with every day at work. Regardless of individual stances on COVID... be nice to healthcare workers and hospital employees, because the stress is real.
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