Op-ed: How COVID-19 Has Influenced A Nursing Major

The Corona virus is impacting many people globally all over the world as millions of lives are being affected. As the country has been advised to remain in quarantine and practice social distancing, many health care workers are putting their lives at risks as they continue doing their jobs by treating those who have contracted this virus.

There have been nurses and doctors who have quit their jobs in an attempt to protect their health as well as to prevent the virus from spreading to their loved ones. Hearing about how hospitals and healthcare workers are dealing with the virus definitely has changed my views as my major in college will be nursing.

I have always envisioned myself working in the medical field and being able to help others. Being able to experience a global pandemic first hand has definitely changed my views on the medical field. As all medical workers are in high demand, many of them cannot stay home with their families and be able to enjoy that quality time with them but instead have to risk their well being in order to take care of their patients. This really made me think of how I will be expected to make sacrifices as a nurse and will have to prioritize my patients even if this means that I am at risk for contracting anything.

According to an article on Fox News, a doctor in New York committed suicide due to the corona virus beacuse of how it had been taking a toll on her. This is just one of the many stories of how healthcare workers are quitting their jobs, or in this case, committing suicide over the virus. This really has made it clear how these workers had a passion for helping out others even though it was affecting them mentally.

As my major in college will be nursing, I constantly get asked whether being a nurse is something that I really want to do as this virus is showing the reality of what any healthcare worker is going through during this pandemic. I am constantly being reminded of the dangers that come with working in the medical field. When picking nursing as my major, I considered all possible outcomes and decided that I will be ready to take on any challenges that I may face. Although this pandemic has not changed my decision, it has definitely made me appreciate essential workers a lot more as I now realize how the world is relying on them during this time.

Jemisha Syliant

Jemisha Syliant is a Senior at Malden High School, and an essential member of the Blue and Gold Staff with her new position this year as Editor-in-Chief of Web and Mobile Apps. Syliant has been apart of the class for all four years of high school and the reason she joined was because she loves writing and “wanted to get more involved with the world.” She is very dedicated to the class, as well as in school. Syliant has a passion for human health and it is because of this that she has been apart of the psychology club since last year and takes an interest in a career in the medical field. Her nationality consists of a Haitian background and describes herself as a balance of someone who’s outgoing and shy. In her free time, she enjoys listening to a wide variety of music and watching netflix. Syliant is excited for the year and also looks forward to how the class will go.

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