There is about a foot of snow outside already this morning. The blizzard of 2016, #blizzard2016, or Jonas – they are calling it. I am reminded of being snowed in at the hospital back in 1996, during a similar storm. We had packed our bags and headed in for what looked to be a few days spent at the hospital, doing what we always did – putting patients first. All essential hospital staff were expected to report to work and to remain there until the storm passed. Rooms were set up for us to rest, when it was our turn, and food was being prepared. We were going to be taken care of too.
There are no snow days for nurses. I know many of my friends and colleagues are hunkered down in the hospital again today. Thank you all!
Here are some past journal articles that might be comforting or helpful to you during these next few days…
Home Healthcare Nurse
"Not nurses, we are essential personnel. I have to go," I responded. As I donned my sweater, coat, knee-high boots, and gloves, I felt prepared for the challenges of the day. Little did I know...?
Reflections: What One Thing Will Make Today Better for You?
AJN, American Journal of Nursing
It's been at least 10 years, but I still remember that it was a difficult morning getting to work. The snow was piled high and the roads weren't yet plowed. Nevertheless, all staff showed up-the usual when you worked on a busy oncology unit.
Surviving Winter Storms
On the road this winter? If winter storms are a possibility in your area, keep this advice in mind.
Stay warm, be safe, and keep up the good work!