Pandemic Operations: Facing Adversity with Grace, Adapting and Evolving.

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Date: Mar. 2022
From: ORNAC Journal(Vol. 40, Issue 1)
Publisher: Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,183 words
Lexile Measure: 960L

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It all started in mid-March 2020 where everyone's lives were thrown off by COVID-19 and the subsequent global pandemic. All over Canada, schools periodically closed and moved online, businesses closed or re-vamped their operations, and everyone was on heightened health alert. And throughout this unprecedented time...some professions, businesses, and people were considered "essential" and their work continued to be able support those in need. This is where my story comes from. I am an Operating Room (OR) Registered Nurse. I am "essential"...people still become sick, fall, hurt themselves, are in accidents, or have health emergencies_a pandemic doesn't stop operations. But what I will tell you, is that it does change things profoundly.

So here is what I can tell you about being an OR Nurse though a Pandemic_or rather what I have learned so far. considering we are far from though this event. OR Nurses work extremely hard at the best of times. We are highly-skilled, exceptionally-trained people who go above and beyond for our patients. Every single OR nurse has worked overtime, gone hungry, had to pee but didn't, been in an incredibly stressful situation, and saved multiple lives. The pandemic has only added another element to an already fast-paced and challenging environment. So what has changed for us? We seem to be people well-suited to the unknown, to never give-up, and to be ready for any situation that comes through our OR doors.

Here is my own personal take on how the pandemic has affected me as an OR Nurse. I notice more tension, which comes from a variety of sources. I notice my colleagues are stressed, worried and concerned about what we are facing and how much more of this we all can take physically, mentally and emotionally. We all know we...

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