As we observe and celebrate National Nurses Month 2020, there’s little argument that this year’s observance holds special meaning. The coronavirus outbreak has made healthcare exponentially more difficult and risky, and it’s no stretch to say that nurses are putting their lives on the line more than ever as they answer the call, go to work every day and try to save as many patients as possible.
There are over 3.8 million registered nurses across the United States, over 84 percent of whom are actively employed and caring for patients. Even those who had devoted decades of their lives to nursing, and are now living a well-earned retirement, are once again being called upon to save patients’ lives.
Nowhere is the selfless spirit of the nurse more alive than at Recovery Unplugged. As we have striven to maintain our same standard of exemplary addiction care, and keep our doors open to new and existing clients, it is our nursing staff that has made these adjustments possible. They have been the driving force behind our ability to stay focused on our mission, and they have never wavered in their dedication to our clients and their loved ones.
Even before the healthcare community was hit with the seemingly impossible task of thriving in a global health crisis that has stretched its resources to the breaking point, our nurses were doing the impossible every day, giving so much of themselves to our client population, and guiding them toward lasting freedom from addiction. In day-to-day care, nurses are expected to a combination of “doctor” and “friend” as they strive to improve clients’ health and quality of life. They are on the front lines of client care, and are an integral part of our clinical staff.
Nurses in the addiction care field face an especially unique set of challenges as they help medically stabilize patients who are psychologically vulnerable and treat their withdrawal symptoms. The reality is that if a client is having a bad day, or is going through a particularly hard withdrawal period, it’s easy for them to take it out on the nurses that are trying to make them feel better. Each and every day at Recovery Unplugged, we see our nurses make a game-changing difference in the lives of our clients, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have them as part of our family.
This National Nurses Month, Recovery Unplugged would like to extend our sincerest and most solemn appreciation to nurses everywhere for their unparalleled commitment to human life, even when it means putting their own at risk in these uncertain times. Throughout the month of May, we will be highlighting the unique challenges that nurses face, the particular vulnerability to addiction they experience and other increasingly pertinent issues within this community. If you know a nurse, be sure to extend your thanks and appreciation this year.