Až teraz si mnohí ľudia uvedomili dôležitosť lekárskeho povolania. Tisícky lekárov či ostatného zdravotného personálu denne bojujú s koronavírusom v prvej línii a vystavujú sa tak najväčšiemu riziku. Väčšina z nich pracuje nadčasy a v nemocniciach momentálne trávia väčšinu svojho života v snahe pomôcť tým, ktorí to potrebujú.

Sociálnymi sieťami sa tak začali šíriť fotografie lekárov, ktorí musia celé dni pracovať v ochranných odevoch a okuliaroch, ktoré im dotlačili tvár a spôsobili nepekné modriny či poranenia. Aj napriek všetkému sa ale nevzdávajú a vo svojom povolaní pokračujú ďalej. Tieto snímky sa preto ihneď stali virálnymi a dojímajú ľudí po celom svete. Určite chytia za srdce aj teba. Je dôležité zdieľať to ďalej, aby sme aspoň takýmto spôsobom podporili tých, ktorí dennodenne zachraňujú stovky či tisícky životov.

„Toto je tvár reality. Toto je tvár, ktorá si prechádza peklom. Toto je tvár, ktorá musí denne nosiť 13 hodín masku a znášať jej tlak. Toto je tvár niekoho, kto sa bojí o svoje vlastné zdravie a o zdravie svojich kolegov. Toto je tvár niekoho, kto vystavuje svoj vlastný život, aby pomáhal vašim rodinám. Toto je tvár niekoho, kto svoju vlastnú rodinu nevidel takmer mesiac. Toto je tvár niekoho, kto držal za ruku vašich umierajúcich členov rodiny, takže nikdy neboli sami. Toto je tvár niekoho, kto je vyčerpaný z boja proti Covid-19. Toto je tvár  niekoho, kto bude pokračovať ďalej, nech sa deje čokoľvek. Toto je tvár niekoho, kto je hrdý na to, že bojuje v prvej línii.“ Tento status úplne vystihuje to, čo uvidíš na nasledovných fotkách a zároveň to, čím si musia títo ľudia prechádzať.

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I broke down and cried today. I cried of exhaustion, of defeat. Because after 4 years of being an ER nurse, I suddenly feel like I know nothing. Because my face hurts after wearing an N95 for 13 fucking hours, which happens to be the same N95 I wore yesterday for 12.5 hours, and the same one from all last week. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard the statement “but this is what you signed up for”. Just, no. I signed up to take care of sick patients, yes. I did not sign up to be unprotected by their sickness (although my hospital is busting their asses to try to protect us). I did not sign up to be yelled at by angry patients because our government failed to be prepared. I did not sign up to risk mine and my family’s health and safety because people wanted to go on their vacations after they said NOT to. An ER nurse in New York died today of COVID-19. He was in his 40s and had very mild asthma. That’s it. This is not just a tall tale, this is the real risk. I have to go into every patient’s room and in the back of my mind I think “this could be the patient that gets me sick… that kills me”. “This could be the patient that gives me the virus I bring home to my children or asthmatic husband”. This is my new reality. But this is only the beginning. We haven’t even scratched the surface of the impact of what this illness is going to make on our country. And I’m scared.

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This is unlike any pic in my feed. It doesn’t have the same “aesthetic.” But seriously, eff the aesthetic. 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞. This is the face of a COVID ICU nurse. Blood, sweat, and tears – literally. This is what healthcare workers are putting in to save these patients. And lots ARE recovering! But, we cannot save them all. ⁣⁣ • ⁣⁣ You can see the exhaustion all over my face. I’ve been working 12 hour night shifts (I am not a night shifter normally). I’m a Peds Nurse now working on an Adult Unit. A COVID ICU. These are times I’ll never forget. But please don’t call me a “hero.” I appreciate the sentiments, but I am just doing my job. ⁣ • ⁣ They’re saying the SURGE in Indiana should be starting late this week. Pray for your healthcare workers, the patients that will become critically ill, and the families of those patients as there are no visitors allowed. Stay home! You aren’t “stuck” at home, you’re SAFE at home!

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This is the new normal after a shift, blisters on the nose and irritation to my face. Wearing a mask for 12 hours straight. Reusing a mask for at least 3 days, or until it is visibly soiled. Placing it in a paper bag after a shift until the next day. This virus is real, and people are sick, fighting for their lives. 🦠 Young people with NO health problems are sick, old people are sick and people are dying. . . I am still seeing people having get togethers and hanging out. It’s infuriating. Why are you so careless about your health, your friends health and your families. Just because you don’t have symptoms does not mean you are not carrying it. . . I want you to all to DO BETTER . Be smarter. Stay safe. . . #essential #ernurse #frontlineworkers #frontline #emergencymedicine #emergencyroom #covi̇d19 #masklife #nurse #nurselife #dobetter #socialdistancing #socialdistancing2020 #mask #masklife

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@loquesa_ shares from #NYC : I think by now you all know I’m a nurse, and most of you are probably sick of seeing me in scrubs with my new busted face. Which is fine, I get sick of myself too sometimes. As a nurse, it’s my job to advocate for my patients, so that’s what I’m going to do. I’ve been seeing so much bullshit lately, so many angry Americans protesting and spewing their idiotic agendas. Freedom of speech is a great thing, but uneducated takes on what is actually happening in the world is not. I fully admit I was apprehensive about this virus- everything I read made me think it was just a hyped up flu. I work on a surgical unit, which was converted into one of the first COVID units in my hospital. I took my first COVID patient almost 2 months ago, and it feels like it’s been about 12 years since I’ve taken care of anything other than COVID. I have seen more death in 2 months than I have in my 2 short years as a nurse. After most of my shifts, I go home and cry. While many of the patients are elderly with comorbidities, putting them at higher risk of dying, it was not their time to go. I am sick & tired of these protestors, these conspiracy riddled morons, walking around with their signs downplaying the tragedy we’ve all been living, just because they’re bored in their fucking houses. You are taking away so much from the people who have lost loved ones they couldn’t say goodbye to. So I’m speaking for them- for my patients who have died, for the ones who have recovered and gone home, and for the ones we’re still trying to help get back on their feet. Please stay home, please let us continue to heal. The longer you do so, the sooner we can get back to normal ❤️ • • • #nurseproud #nurselife #nursesrock #nursestrong #nurses #nursesofinstagram #nurses #rnlife #CoronavirusPandemic #Stayhome #nursesofinstagram #nurselife #COVID19 #PPE #coronavirus #nurseburnout #nursefatigue #nurselife #coronavirusnurses #nursesonthefrontlines #stayhomesavelives #diariesfromthefield #nurseproud #nursesonthefrontline #StayAtHome #socialdistancing #GetMePPE #thenewnormal #flattenthecurve #covidnurses #nursestrong

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@emileerfry shares from #Wisconsin : THIS IS NOT EASY⁣ ⁣ THIS IS NOT A JOKE⁣ A CUTE CATCH PHRASE ⁣ OR AN EXCUSE AS TO WHY YOU JUST NEED TO HANG OUT WITH THAT PERSON⁣ ⁣ THIS IS REAL⁣ Night shifts in the ICU are hard. As nurses we invest all we have into our patients. We don’t take breaks, have time to eat or even time to sit because your health comes first.⁣ ⁣ When we finally get off work we can’t just come home and go to bed, we have to take every precaution to not spread this disease to our families.⁣ ⁣ WE ARE TIRED and we need your help!⁣ Please stay home, it’s the least you can do♥️ • • • FOLLOW US to help Spread The Stories. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ … …#nurseproud #nurselife #nursesrock #nurses #nursesofinstagram #nurses #rnlife #CoronavirusPandemic #Stayhome #nursesofinstagram #nurselife #COVID19 #PPE #coronavirus #nurseburnout #nursefatigue #nurselife #coronavirusnurses #nursesonthefrontlines #stayhomesavelives #diariesfromthefield #nurseproud #nursesonthefrontline #StayAtHome #socialdistancing #GetMePPE #thenewnormal #flattenthecurve #covidnurses #nursestrong #wisconsinnurse

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@vermeirenjolien shares from #belgium : . . Blijf in uw kot lijkt me een redelijk duidelijke instructie. Uitzonderingen zijn begrijpelijk uiteraard. Maar waarom zien we elke dag, overal, zoveel volk? De ring van Antwerpen wordt met de dag terug drukker, ik heb nog nooit zoveel mensen door de straten zien lopen. En dit terwijl het dodental blijft oplopen, en er dagelijks nog honderden nieuwe ziekenhuisopnames bijkomen (en dat is buiten de besmette patiënten die thuis in isolatie zitten gerekend). Vandaar opnieuw. BLIJF IN UW KOT, zodat ik en mijn (TOP) collega’s ons werk kunnen doen zonder er in te verdrinken. Ahja, en nu we toch bezig zijn. Kunnen we nog wat toiletpapier overlaten in de winkels? Ik zou toch denken dat iedereen ondertussen voorzien is voor het komende jaar. . . . #nurseproud #nurselife #nursesrock #nurses #nursesofinstagram #nurses #rnlife #CoronavirusPandemic #Stayhome #nursesofinstagram #COVID19 #PPE #coronavirus #nurseburnout #nursefatigue #nurselife #coronavirusnurses #nursesonthefrontlines #stayhomesavelives #diariesfromthefield #nurseproud #nursesonthefrontline #StayAtHome #socialdistancing #GetMePPE #thenewnormal #flattenthecurve #covidnurses #nursestrong

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@heartthreads Husband and wife nurses Mindy Brock and Ben Cayer look into each other's eyes in this emotional photo taken at Tampa General Hospital. “What’s important is that we stick together, we work together, and we always support each other. And not just Ben and I, but the human race right now," Mindy said. Join us in thanking these brave healthcare heroes. PHOTO: Nicole Hubbard . . . #heartthreads #heartwarming #nurses #nurselife #nursesofinstagram #thankyounurses #healthcareheroes #thankyouhealthcareworkers #essentialworkers #essentialworker #doctors #thankyoudoctors #doctorlife #doctorsofinstagram #hospital #coronavirus #coronavirusheroes #covidheroes #heroes #pandemic #coronaviruspandemic #covid19 #covidpandemic #covid19pandemic

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MYTH: Nurses can handle it all.⁣ ⁣ I distinctly remember coming in one day & starting my shift with 6 patients and being first admit. One patient was on a heparin drip, three were high fall risks, one had 10 family members in the room who all had questions, & all 6 needed vitals, blood sugars and meds. Unfortunately, this was starting to become the norm on the unit. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ That particular day, it was just TOO MUCH.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ It was my third 12 in a row and I was exhausted already. Immediately after getting report I retreated to a safe space and I was just crying, thinking about the 12 hours ahead of me.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ I know I’m not the only nurse who has felt overwhelmed like this.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Nursing is a challenging, yet immensely rewarding profession. We become nurses because we want to help people, but no one told us how STRESSFUL it could be. I certainly wasn’t prepared for low staffing, higher acuity assignments, & the high expectations of patients, family, physicians, peers (everyone).⁣ ⁣ ⁣ So what happens when the physical and emotional demands of our career get to be too much to handle?⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Compassion fatigue.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Compassion fatigue (CF) is described as “the compounding emotional and physical exhaustion experienced by helping professionals and caregivers” (Mathieu, 2012). ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ It is insanely common to experience this as a nurse. It is important for us to acknowledge it. Here are a few tips to try to help you combat compassion fatigue:⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 🔸️Make time for yourself through self-care. Regularly do things that you enjoy (e.g. gardening, exercising, journaling).⁣ ⁣ 🔸️Manage your family-work balance. Set work boundaries and don’t overcommit. Be aware of what’s meaningful for you and your family and be consistent.⁣ ⁣ 🔸️Find ways to cope with stress. Recognize physical/emotional triggers and develop healthy habits to deal with them.⁣ ⁣ 🔸️Surround yourself with a supportive network. Remember, you do NOT have to deal with this alone.⁣ ⁣ 🔸️Seek resources for counseling and/or training. Many employers offer support programs. Explore resources available to you.⁣ ⁣ Have you ever experienced compassion fatigue? Comment below & let me know. 👇🏽👇🏽

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