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After hitting a bit of a low last week, I’m now feeling a bit more upbeat and ready to take on the challenge of working and living with Covid-19 for the foreseeable future.
I have found the coronavirus pandemic all consuming in all areas of my life. It’s all everybody is talking about and I find it a bit draining.
When I go out for my daily walk and see people I know, they will ask me about the latest government announcement, what work is like, how many Covid-19 patients we have and when lockdown is going to end.
I appreciate their concern but I don’t have the answers they want. I have stopped watching every news bulletin about it otherwise it can be overwhelming.
We have to come to terms with the fact that Covid-19 may never go away and we will have to incorporate this into our nursing strategies. It may be that in the future we have a specialist Covid-19 department.
For some specialist areas like mine we may have to find a long-term way of rehabilitating Covid-19 patients and non-Covid-19 patients as we are currently doing.
After the acute phase of the virus, maybe it’s time to start rethinking, evaluating and slowly starting to move forward again.
“I have witnessed some of the best qualities of being a nurse shining through”
This week I have been thinking about how we can facilitate a degree of peer support which isn’t face to face or group sessions and how we can create a degree of community for our patients within our ward.
To do this I have spoken with a spinal cord injury charity to talk through ideas and new innovations for delivering patient education and peer support. It’s quite exciting to explore different ways of working and engaging with patients and colleagues.
Although the wounds caused by this virus are deep for our profession, I have witnessed some of the best qualities of being a nurse shining through.
As some of the wards at our hospital have been shut, we have had redeployed nurses work with us. I think my ward seems to have a bit of an intimidating image because we do specific specialised care, which they are not necessarily familiar with but it has been brilliant to work with new staff sharing our knowledge and learning from them.
I hope this integrated working continues as it will strengthen relationships across the NHS as a whole. This new normal may enable trusts to work more together which will benefit the patient and the NHS with the ensuing financial issues it will face in the post-coronavirus phase.
So in the words of Nina Simone, “It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new life for me and I’m feeling good”.
Well not quite good, slightly apprehensive actually, but I am ready to embrace this new normal.
Sian Rodger is patient education and health coaching lead, London Spinal Cord Injury Centre