This time of pandemic reminds me of scenes from the movie Inception. I enter a dream world of empty streets. No people can be seen. I think I’m in the Bronx. Where is everyone? What is everyone doing? Where are the children?
The COVID-19 pandemic presented oursociety with a crisis not seen for generations. One part of the COVID crisis has deep roots in medical ethics. The challenges have ranged from as simple as wearing a mask in public, to
as complex as usage of lifesaving treatments such as ventilators or dialysis. The decisions and judgments made by national leaders, hospitals and at times individual health care providers often invoked
As some of you may know, the World Health Organization named 2020 the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” as it is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. What a year to set aside for nurses! When picturing the year of the nurse, we imagined a celebration – not a pandemic – and certainly would have hoped for a more propitious year.
COVID-19 hit us like a tornado. The hospital system was completely overwhelmed. During this time, I witnessed an unprecedented loss of life. Now I am picking up the pieces, much like a survivor of a massive storm would, returning home to survey the damage.