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So Discouraged...

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Specializes in Geriatric Home Health, High School Nurse. Has 19 years experience.

Yesterday our city hosted a Trump rally.  My heart is so discouraged.  

My 7th grader's private school is closed for 14 days due to an outbreak and some of those families were at the rally.  It makes me so angry that my twice exceptional (ADHD and gifted) kid is home trying to navigate online school and fight the anxiety that is rising because he knows he has a history of struggling with this learning format, and yet our community (school and beyond) stood shoulder to shoulder, maskless and screaming for multiple hours yesterday.

Our community infection rate is going up.  Our healthcare providers are tired.  We all know that school nurses are entirely stressed and barely holding it together as we try to keep these kids IN SCHOOL and healthy.  We are trying SO HARD...and then our community agreed to host this rally.  It feels like a slap in the face.

Thanks for listening to me vent. I know you all understand my deep sadness like no other group could.  You are the best virtual nursing station a girl could ever ask for!  Hugs to all of you!

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 29 years experience.

People of that particular way of thinking have proved that little things like reality won't change their minds. Don't bother trying; it's just too disheartening. Get involved in your city and state politics to the extent that you can and advocate/support sane people for office.

Try to be a counterweight to the insanity...

I am trying to stay as motivated and as positive as possible. However, it is hard to fight the good fight when I know I am trying my best to do what is right for my students, staff, and community - yet they are choosing to not take it seriously. I place kids on quarantine, yet they are out at the Friday football games and target. 

I have learned this year that I can only control my own actions and educate. What others choose is in their own hands. 

BrisketRN, BSN, RN

Has 4 years experience.

So disheartening. My in-laws are maskless party goers. It's frustrating. I try to educate (over the phone, no chance I'm going near them) but it falls on deaf ears. During a press briefing last week the head doctor of the IL Dept of Public Health broke down in tears and said  “If you’re talking about COVID fatigue from having to keep wearing a mask, think about the COVID fatigue for health care workers who are going to have to go through this whole episode again of trying to fight for people’s lives because we couldn’t figure out how to control this virus by doing some of the simple measures that have been prescribed.” That hit me hard.  

SchoolNurseK, BSN, RN

Specializes in Geriatric Home Health, High School Nurse. Has 19 years experience.

12 minutes ago, BrisketRN said:

During a press briefing last week the head doctor of the IL Dept of Public Health broke down in tears and said  “If you’re talking about COVID fatigue from having to keep wearing a mask, think about the COVID fatigue for health care workers who are going to have to go through this whole episode again of trying to fight for people’s lives because we couldn’t figure out how to control this virus by doing some of the simple measures that have been prescribed.” That hit me hard.  

This is such a picture of how we are all feeling.  I just wish people would understand.  I heard the head of education in Denmark talking about their school reopening success and how it can be directly attributed to the fact that their nation decided it was important for their kids to be back at school, so everyone was diligent with mitigation efforts.  I wish we could unify in this way.  I am definitely pro kids being in school in person, but with our community doing things like this, I fear we are going to lose ground and they are all going to have to go back to eLearning.

ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing. Has 12 years experience.

Nothing to add but my hugs. Hang in there.

I feel your pain.  I posted last week about a huge house party in my town with over 75 teenagers that resulted in the high school being shut down for two weeks.  The worst part is, non of the parents will admit that their kids were there so there is zero contact tracing happening.  It hit very close to home this week as my daughter was a contact of a girl who's sister is + and I am fairly certain was at that party.  I am beyond angry and tired of all the people who think the rules do not apply to them.

ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing. Has 12 years experience.

1 hour ago, MHDNURSE said:

 I am beyond angry and tired of all the people who think the rules do not apply to them.

1000%. I like this 3000. Because we have always dealt with this in the past but now that your rule breaking may make others ill... no bueno. No bueno at all.

3 hours ago, ruby_jane said:

now that your rule breaking may make others ill... no bueno. No bueno at all.

We have so many parents who are trying to get their peds to write "mask exemptions" because their snowflakes can't handle wearing a mask all day 🙄 Thank goodness most of the peds around here are refusing unless the kid is majorly ASD or something.

amoLucia

Specializes in retired LTC.

(((SchoolNurseK)))

laflaca, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 7 years experience.

Another one here.  I am walking around more ore less functional day to day, but I am despondent.  It is so hard to see the selfishness and ignorance - and worse, people even MOCKING preventive measures, people laughing about COVID - while we're being asked to hold society together, allow parents to work, keep the kids safe and supported, etc.  Our federal and my state leaders are openly supporting people who won't follow public health guidance.

Many days I honestly think, "to hell with all y'all.  If you don't care about this, I can think of more pleasant ways to spend my time too."  Why should I spend my time trying to sweet-talk people who either laugh or shake their finger in my face about something as simple as staying home when you're sick, or wearing a mask? 

ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing. Has 12 years experience.

On 10/30/2020 at 6:39 PM, laflaca said:



Many days I honestly think, "to hell with all y'all.  If you don't care about this, I can think of more pleasant ways to spend my time too."  

Thankful I am no longer working in a hospital. One of the worst things about ICU was that after someone had made a lifetime of poor choices (and absolutely zero judgment on that - it was what it was) the ICU would do so many procedures to fix the one thing only to tip the applecart on everything else. So...while I feel sad for people who are hospitalized, I am afraid I would be judgmental based on my reactions to...oh, say, the letter Chris Christie penned, and the "influencers" who got sick after (duh) not wearing masks.