Nurses be prepared – the population needs us in these dire circumstances
Globally the 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife was filled with planned celebrations, professional gatherings, campaigns, projects and retrospective reviews of our nursing careers. Not in my worst nightmares did anything like the COVID-19 ever appear as part of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife celebrations. The quick spread of the pandemic globally has increased the pressure on healthcare systems and pushed healthcare workers to the frontline of this pandemic that has already claimed thousands of lives. Our country was so far from the burning issue in China – what a rude awakening on Sunday 15 March 2020 with the President’s announcement! Thank you to all the nurses and other healthcare professionals who already had systems in place when the first case arrived in our country. Everything seemed to be under control, but is the view from the side the reality? Is this a crisis to be solved soon, or will this become the “normal” for many months to come?