As a 2nd year MEPN student, and as an employee at one of SDs largest hospitals, it has been a challenging time during this pandemic. We have all had major disruptions to our daily life, and changes to our academic expectations, normal ways of studying/learning, and policies and procedures in the workplace. There is also a general sense of uncertainty pervading our communities, and society. That said, it has also been exceedingly remarkable to see true leadership in action.
The transparency and proactive initiative the MEPN admin and faculty have demonstrated is inspiring. They have placed our education and success at the forefront of their efforts, while also advocating for us to remain in the community to assist with crisis relief. Also, our hospitals and clinics in SD have really come through for their patients, and made great efforts to respond appropriately to the pandemic—even as the landscape has been shifting every day. This is quite a time to be entering the profession of nursing!
Now more than ever, it is clear that we have been training in the knowledge and clinical practice needed to meet the challenges of our time. I am so thankful for the admin and faculty of the MEPN program, for my classmates and coworkers coming together to support each other, and for the health care leaders in SD county.
This crisis has been challenging—but it has also revealed the leadership, commitment, and compassionate spirit that our patients need. Thank you all so much.