PPE—A Prayer for Critical Care Nurses
By: Debbie McElligott to her daughter, a critical care nurse
This prayer was written by Deborah McElligott, DNP, ANP-BC, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, CDE, Center for Wellness & Integrative Medicine, Northwell Health, on Long Island in Manhaset, New York.
This prayer was written one sleepless night right before dawn. I am an NP and Integrative Nurse Coach, and nurse for over 47 years, who has been working safely at home during this crisis doing virtual programs with my clients and staff. My daughters are both nurses. One recently fractured her pelvis skiing, but the other, a CCU nurse for over 20 years is now experiencing her CCU as one of the many COVID vented units on Long Island, NY. I struggled with ways to support her, especially the feelings which surface the night before she returns to her 12-hour shift. This tearful reflection helped me as much as it may help others. It made me realize there is much I can do—even from a distance— with a powerful heartful connection and virtual hugs.