Will you work during a Pandemic? - page 20

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  1. by   Laidback Al
    Quote from blue_yuina
    my dream is to go to a place where an epidemic is... weird? my friends say so, but I really feel that way... maybe because I am not married yet... and I don't have children to take care of... it's really hard to say my final words right now, so I choose YES...
    Student-Nurse at your service
    You are to be commended for your desire. People choose different professions for different reasons. If you want to be a nurse in an area with an epidemic, make sure you educate yourself, follow the protocols you have learned, and use proper PPE.

    Remember though, volunteering for an epidemic is different than being drafted for a pandemic.
  2. by   Laidback Al
    Quote from Perpetual Student
    Please elaborate. Do you mean physically held hostage, or held by a need to bring home pay?
    I believe the short answer is yes. I am sure some of your colleagues will respond, but it is my understanding that some, perhaps many, hospitals and treatment facilities will go into some kind of lock down and the staff on duty at the time will not be allowed to leave.
  3. by   pagandeva2000
    Yes, we would be mandated to remain at my facility; and I hate to say it, if I do not know where my son or husband is, I WILL be sneaking out of the back door. I would not be useful to ANYONE not knowing if my only child, who has a social phobia, or my husband, who does everything he can each and every day to show me how devoted he is to us is in need. I would be resentful, making mistakes, and would not be focused. It would haunt me for the rest of my life to see my son, who would be too afraid to ask for help, or be a victim to some unscruplous people be abandoned. Is that the last memory I want my son to have of his mother? NO, NO, NO!! I want to hold him, embrace and protect him until the bitter end. We would be together as a family. What I would do, though, is, if I can get to him and my husband, the three of us would be there, and I would make darned sure that whatever is available to protect us is done and I'd teach him to turn patients right along with me. But, abandon them--no way.
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from Laidback Al
    I believe the short answer is yes. I am sure some of your colleagues will respond, but it is my understanding that some, perhaps many, hospitals and treatment facilities will go into some kind of lock down and the staff on duty at the time will not be allowed to leave.

    I remember during the 9/11 attacks here in New York, we were mandated to stay at the job until we knew whether or not we would have to take victims. I live and work in Queens, and this happened in Manhattan, so, we were allowed, eventually to go home from our clinic. My son's high school was 5 blocks away from where I work, and the FIRST thing I did was run down there and got him. And, we stayed there TOGETHER. My husband works at my job, and he was on his way, so, I knew where they were and would not have it any other way.
  5. by   pagandeva2000
    I can commend anyone that is brave enough to go and face the demon if a pandemic were to ever take place. But, none of us, whether we plan to stay or go to our families should really be judged by anyone. Anyone can say what they would do at this moment while things are safe and there is no immediate harm. But, let this happen, and I would be real curious to see what people would really do. Some of us might be stuck, and can't leave, anyhow. Many would run to their own familes. I would rather hear the truth, that most of us would go take care of our own, than to claim they will remain, and are the first out of the door. I know that I would feel a tremendous amount of guilt for my co-workers, since some of them are like family to me. I would also feel horrible about the patients in need. But, I am being honest. I do not trust the government, and I will go to my family. If the powers that be will not provide for the medical personnel, then, they will do even less for our families.
  6. by   indigo girl
    Quote from pagandeva2000

    We would be together as a family. What I would do, though, is, if I can get to him and my husband, the three of us would be there, and I would make darned sure that whatever is available to protect us is done and I'd teach him to turn patients right along with me. But, abandon them--no way.
    I agree that your child needs you, and that is your first duty. Remember though that
    most of the bird flu victims are under age 40 so he is at greater risk than say an older over 50 volunteer, for instance. Keep him safe at home, not exposed to people that are already ill. We are going to be dealing with all kinds of body fluids in the hospital. It's too unsafe for him to be there. Hard enough for those of us who are experienced to be careful 100% of the time let alone a teenager. One break in technique, and he might be exposed to a virus that he has no immunity to.
  7. by   rnheart
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    Yes, we would be mandated to remain at my facility; and I hate to say it, if I do not know where my son or husband is, I WILL be sneaking out of the back door. I would not be useful to ANYONE not knowing if my only child, who has a social phobia, or my husband, who does everything he can each and every day to show me how devoted he is to us is in need. I would be resentful, making mistakes, and would not be focused. It would haunt me for the rest of my life to see my son, who would be too afraid to ask for help, or be a victim to some unscruplous people be abandoned. Is that the last memory I want my son to have of his mother? NO, NO, NO!! I want to hold him, embrace and protect him until the bitter end. We would be together as a family. What I would do, though, is, if I can get to him and my husband, the three of us would be there, and I would make darned sure that whatever is available to protect us is done and I'd teach him to turn patients right along with me. But, abandon them--no way.

    Spoken like a true Mother, While some of us were truly called to be nurses some of us were called to be Mothers as well. Not only are we to be responsible for others we are also responsible to our families and children. When I am long gone and cold in the ground who will miss me the most. My family or the "institutions" who will no doubt have me replaced by the end of the day. The hierachy of responsibilty is GOD, Family, Job and apparently some of us do not live by that order or have forgotten that. Personal circumstances will dictate many peoples responsibilties, and judgement should not be passed on those that chose to stay at home and care for loved ones. If the senarios that have been portrayed are correct and really do happen Rn's are going to be needed at home and in their communities to care for the sick that cant make it to a hospital or heaven forbid are turned away from hospitals because of lack of room. If the outbreak occurs while I am at work of course I will stay but only because I do not want to expose my beloved family and I will pray that GOD will shield them and myself as well. It is truly sad to read so many posts of what appears to be holier than thou nurses of soap boxes preaching and passing judgement.
  8. by   s_david_a
    As a future nurse, I hope I (and my family) will have the courage and compassion to work--I agree with the outlook in this blog post: http://www.founders.org/blog/2007/10...ccination.html

    "How will American Christians respond to a deadly pandemic? Will we clamour for the vaccine without regard for our neighbors? Will we be terrorized like those who have no hope? Those of us who know the Gospel should minister out of the grace that we receive in Christ, and should prefer others above ourselves and teach our people to do the same."
  9. by   wildmountainchild
    I know that without a doubt I would stay and help. It's my moral and legal duty. My husband knows that I would stay, and I know that as a law enforcement officer he would also continue working as well.

    I'm not christian...in fact I'm an atheist. I don't think my religious beliefs have any bearing at all on this situation. I don't need to believe in God to know the difference between right and wrong...I will be available to those who need me, my patients, during a pandemic.

    I know this because during Katrina I didn't go hug my family, I went and helped where I was needed, there was no garauntee of safety. I understand wanting to protect your family...but as a nurse I believe you have a duty to use your powers for the greater good. There is much good we will be doing during a pandemic, terrorst attack, earthquake, tsunami etc. We didn't get into this profession to pick and choose our assignments.

    Just my two cents.
  10. by   frances Ivy
    yes..
    as a health care worker we are not only working for money.. our devotion is more on caring for other people..before I enter nursing as a profession, I'm aware of the consequences such as handling patients with a communicable diseases
    that is our duty to care specially in time of crisis..
  11. by   dthfytr
    If you're afraid of germs, nursing is the wrong career choice.
  12. by   Laidback Al
    Quote from dthfytr
    If you're afraid of germs, nursing is the wrong career choice.

    I would think you would want to distinguish between different "germs". A person doesn't routinely die from "germ" infections. But, if I were a nurse and I knew that 6 of every 10 individuals that have been infected with H5N1 have died, I would be afraid, . . . very afraid.
  13. by   CanERRN
    No PPE - 60-80% mortality

    Single parent - 35 years old - 2 childen = 2 dead children

    Nope - can't see that happening

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