I have an immeasurable amount of respect for nurses all over the world. Both of my aunts are in the nursing field, too, doing their best to help ill patients get better. They will stop at nothing to be of service for the people who need medical assistance. This selflessness has been emphasized when the COVID-19 patients have started trickling into the hospitals.
When I heard the news about the coronavirus, I called my aunts to know how they were doing. One of them said that they were running out of Hazmat suits at work; the other mentioned that there were already a few cases under her wing. They could go home after their shifts, but no one was doing it in fear of exposing their loved ones to the virus. All the hospital could do was provide temporary accommodation for them.
During those short conversations with my aunts, I realized how tough a person must be to become a nurse. Imagine, you don’t get paid as much as a doctor, but you may be at risk of acquiring the viral disease more than anyone else. You also need to be able to think fast whenever there is an emergency (which can be all the time during a pandemic). Sometimes, you have no choice but to do a double shift if the hospital is understaffed.
Despite this high level of resilience that nurses show, I encourage my aunts and their colleagues to get therapy after this pandemic. Here’s why.
The Stress May Be Too Much To Handle
Being a nurse during a viral outbreak entails that you are always needed in multiple places at once. For instance, a doctor requests for you to come during their rounds, patients require you to deliver medication in their rooms, and you have to take blood samples from the new patients.
Working under pressure can only be accepted one or two times. If you must do it every single day, your stress level may go over the roof, and your life may fall apart.
They May Deal With Survivor’s Guilt
A lot of medical professionals have been unfortunate enough to pass on because of the coronavirus. The folks that they used to work with tend to continue their job flawlessly. However, deep down, some of them feel guilty about being able to avoid the virus.
In such a circumstance, a therapist can help you understand how to get over survivor’s guilt. After all, you did not place the virus in your colleague’s body. No one can predict who gets COVID-19, so try not to blame yourself for anyone’s death. Insisting on the opposite of that may cost your sanity.
Nurses, just like doctors, law enforcers, and philanthropists, deserve to be known as modern-day heroes. They always seem to know what to do in every situation despite not getting enough rest daily. They sacrifice their time for themselves and their family to look after the individuals who need medical care. The fact that the viral disease can get transmitted to them and take their lives does not faze nurses, either.
Still, if there is anyone who may be carrying too much emotional baggage right now, it’s the nurses, for sure. You may be present when the patients try to overcome the symptoms of COVID-19. You may have seen more people die in a day than at any other time during your career because of the coronavirus. Neither of these experiences can assure that you won’t have nightmares about them at night, though.
Once your duty to all the COVID-19 patients is done, therefore, don’t hesitate to get therapy.