Coming to the End of an Unbelievable Year

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By Angela Totora,MBA/HA, RN, CHP, LBBP

2020 is not like any other year. For most of us, 2020 is a year we are looking forward to seeing end. When 2020 was announced as the year of the nurse, it was not what any of us could have had in mind. Healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic experienced overwhelming surges of COVID-19, PPE shortages, along with understaffing.

This year began with us recognizing we needed to write out the complete year, 2020. We started off with doubts and mistrust.  We feared the future. 

This March was not like last March. COVID-19 reared its terrible head. It changed the entire year. This virus has caused changes in how we care for our patients, how we relate to our families, and it has even affected our appearance (who thought a cloth face mask would be a fashion statement outside the OR doors). We started to fear for our health, our safety and our future. 

This May was not like last May. The Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd. His death, along with that of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, started one of the most ignited periods of social racism and protests since the Civil Rights movement. This summer was marked by historic, nationwide protests against racially charged violence. We started to see history in the making and feared what the future may hold. 

This hurricane season was not like last year. The 2020 hurricane season was a record breaker. By Nov. 1, 2020 we had experienced 27 named storms, of which 11 have made landfall. This broke the previous record of 9 making landfall in one season during 1916. We start to wonder what is driving this crazy weather, what is changing?  Again, we feared for our safety and our future. 

Additionally, The 2020 presidential election was not like any other election year. We had more early voting ballots than ever before. The two major candidates held campaigns like no others. The Democratic and Republican split mirrored that of the times during the American Revolution. We fear what our future will hold over the next 4 years.

As we approach the end of 2020, many of us remain afraid, confused and tired. Below are a few inspirational, positive thoughts to keep in mind.  

  1. 1. Remember to hold on, things will get better. 
  2. 2. It might be crazy now, but it can’t rain forever.  
  3. 3. Some of the greatest pains and tribulations we face will become our greatest strengths in the future.  
  4. 4. Through moments of confusion come times of clarity.  
  5. 5. Hang in there, baby!

We all have shared this year and have experienced the frustrations. We all look forward to 2021. As DON, I am keeping each of you in my thoughts and prayers – We will get through this together. Here’s to having a wonderful Happy New Year. 

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