Academic journal article ABNF Journal

In the Eye of the Storm

Academic journal article ABNF Journal

In the Eye of the Storm

Article excerpt

As we go to print, many of our readers face challenges related to recent weather events. We've noticed that neighbors and companies are offering support. Telephone companies are offering extensions. Banks are offering fee changes. Grocery stores are offering BOGOs and strangers are opening their homes to persons unknown. There are many ways to show caring and nurses do this best.

When the Governor of Florida asked for 1000 nurses, I knew something important had just happened in the media. Not only had the largest hurricane in history moved in our direction, but recognition of our importance had also moved to the forefront. I have weathered many hurricanes and have been a nurse for nearly 40 years. Even with the smaller hurricanes, I had not noticed the "call for nurses" with such proclamation. I believe at least one person, whether child or adult, might think about joining the profession after such an announcement. The message is this-just as linemen are needed, so are nurses.

Across my kitchen table, I talked with one of my mentees this week. She is the Dean of Nursing at Tallahassee Community College. She had no electricity and had come to charge her technology apparatus at my home. We reminisced about two "call to disaster nursing events"-for me it was 9/11 some 16 years ago.

That morning, I was preparing for nursing clinical and ironing my lab jacket, when the pictures of 9/11 played on the television. I called the Dean at Virginia Commonwealth University and asked; What shall we do? …

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