October 28, 2014

In The News

Treating Ebola: Inside the First U.S. Diagnosis



Please take a moment and click on the link above. It will take you to a 16 minute video that was part of an episode of 60 Minutes on CBS. The video is an interview with the nurses involved in Eric Duncan's care - the first person to die of Ebola. With Ebola everywhere in the news, I just wanted to get this video out there and publicize what nurses actually do.
I loved this video. We watched it in one of my classes today. It just really shows how people are dealing with this Ebola crisis, and it talks about the people behind the care. Nurses are the ones ultimately caring for patients. Nurses are the ones who are patients' last line of defense against all sorts of complications.
This reminds me why I am in nursing school. It reminds me why I even chose to go into nursing school. It keeps this job in perspective. I believed I could make a difference when I chose to go into nursing school. I believe I can make a difference now and in the future for patients. Many people don't think of nursing as a dangerous profession, but nurses risk their lives and health every day in caring for patients. Our health care system has its faults, but healthcare professionals are not one of them. There are good people working within our healthcare system - doctors and nurses alike. I care about people and their well-being. When patients are faced with terrifying diagnoses, faced with losing a loved one, with losing their health status, they need to turn to someone. That person is often the nurse.
I am writing this post only to comment on the bravery of these nurses. I can only hope if something else like this happens in the future when I'm in the field, I only hope I have this kind of courage and strength. Also, read all of the bible verse below. I encourage you to look up the verse and read 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11.

"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit..."
1 Corinthians 12:4-9

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