Those of us on the front lines are really in the trenches right now. We’re taking care of the wounded and assisting people who are dying, and it is very, very hard. I can’t even adequately express the grief, the anxiety, and the overall weight that healthcare workers are carrying with them right now.
One thing that is really challenging is that those of us who are at the bedside don’t necessarily have the time to look at every single individual piece of research that’s happening right now. So, if something is rolled out to us as the bedside provider and we’re told that it will help our patients, we say, “OK, this is effective, we’re going to do this.”
The most challenging, exhausting, and frustrating thing is that now there are studies coming out saying that what we’ve been doing may not be as effective as we thought it was or may even be worsening outcomes.
There are still so many questions and so many unknowns out there, and as nurses, we really just have to focus on those patients we are assigned to each day and do the best that we can to provide them with exceptional care based on the information and the knowledge that we do have.