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World Health Day honors nurses on the frontlines

Many prayers for everyone that you remain safe during this COVID-19 crisis.
Let us all recognize World Health Day 2020. 
Each year there is a specific theme for World Health Day. This year the theme for World Health Day is to support nurses and midwives. WHO chose the year 2020 as the "Year of the Nurse and Midwife" because of the contribution which nurses and midwives are making as they make the world a healthier place.
"Nurses are the unsung heroes of the Covid-19 response. The invaluable role they have played is testimony of their sacrifice, courage and commitment to a healthier and safer world," said Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.

Meet the heroes dealing with the Coronavirus.
(CNN) World Health Day highlights a nurse's story.
'Not everyone can do this job'
"After fifteen years working in the emergency room of a hospital, I've never seen anything like this before," Sara Wazlavek says.
The nature of her job can shift by the hour.
"Rules, policies and procedures are rapidly changing based on the new data that comes out daily," she tells CNN.
One thing doesn't change: her fear of bringing the virus home. Nursing is Wazlavek's calling, but her identity is mother and wife.
"No one wants to put their family's lives on the line. I come home with the knowledge that I might be bringing Covid into my home, that it could kill me, my husband or my kids. I didn't think becoming a nurse would mean possibly losing my family, or that I would be the cause.
But Wazlavek reports for her shifts because there's a pandemic to fight, and she's a nurse.
"Not everyone can do this job. It takes training. If everyone who was afraid quit, who would be left. What makes me so special that I can stay home when others are putting their lives at risk? I want to help my coworkers. I can't abandon them. I want to help the people in our community who need us. I can't abandon them either.
Wazlavek says that for now, her hospital has enough gloves, masks and gowns to keep her relatively safe.
"For how long though?" she wonders out loud. "What happens if they don't? Do I go to work, put my life, my family's lives, at risk even more than I already am? Or do I leave the hospital and patients to fend for themselves?"
Wazlavek does not consider herself a hero. But for people who want to honor her sacrifice and grit, she has one suggestion: stay home.


WHO is honoring the Nurses and other health workers who are putting their own health at risk to protect the broader community at the forefront of COVID-19 response. Sincere thanks to all of our amazing nurses!  Watch for webinars and opportunities on the Sigma website. Nurse leaders are needed now more than ever!  #NursesStrong  #SigmaStrong 


Care Packages to NYC ... #nuupsilonCares

Many prayers for everyone that you remain safe during this COVID-19 crisis.  Nu Upsilon members recently came together to create care packages for those on the front lines in New York City.  The packages contained protein shakes, soup, applesauce, hand lotion, lip balm, blankets and more, along with this letter:

"To Our Beloved Nursing Colleagues: 

On behalf of the members of Nu Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, located at Grand Canyon University, we want to say a sincere thank you to all of you for your dedication, bravery and compassion as you treat the thousands of victims of COVID-19. 

As a small token of our appreciation, we would like to present you with this Care Package and hope these items will brighten your day. 

We hope that as you use these items, remember that the nursing faculty and student members of Nu Upsilon are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as we give thanks for your service and pray for your safety. 

When the history of this terrible pandemic is told in the months and years to come, it will be people like you who will inspire others to join the nursing profession and provide the best care and comfort possible to those who need us the most. 

Thank you again and God bless you.