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.
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Highlighted here—to celebrate and participate in the 2020 Nightingale Bicentenary and 2020 Year of the Nurse & the Midwife—we are featuring “The Return of the Nightingale™”—created and designed by our good friends and nursing colleagues Jill L. Schumacher BSN, MS, BD, DNM, and Meredith A. McCord BSN, MS, BD, DNM.
Our guide for this ‘pilgrimage’ was our dear friend and colleague the Reverend Tom Keighley, who is also a British nursing leader who now serves as a consultant to the European Union and particularly for the EU’s newest nations, as they prepare their nursing workforce to meet EU health care standards.
Over lunch at the Royal Naval Club, we shared our plans for the Nightingale’s 2020 Bicentenary and received some great suggestions from Tom, who also serves as one of NIGH’s international Advisors.
All photos for this Blog are from NIGH’s archives and Phalakshi Manjrekar’s camera.
During the last days of our time together, we capped off our amazing journey — with lovely meals and snacks with friends and colleagues — focusing on our collective preparations to participate in and celebrate the 2020 Nightingale Bicentenary in less than four years from now.
Above, after visiting St Paul’s Cathedral, we found a lovely nearby coffee place where we supped with Jill Iliffe, the CEO of the Commonwealth Nurses & Midwives Federation (CNMF). We especially wanted to thank her again for hosting us at their 3rd International Conference and for facilitating our further planning for the 2020 Bicentenary with CNMF's Board of Directors at their the 2016 Annual General Meeting.
Shown below, the next day, we were also hosted for a gracious midmorning tea — in the historic Victoria district — by our friends and colleagues Liz Robb (left) and Abi Masterson (right) of the Florence Nightingale Foundation — who host the Westminster Abbey Service to honour Nightingale & Nurses every year. See our Blog titled 'Remembering Nightingale in Westminster, London.'
Again we were inspired to ponder — together — how best to prepare to celebrate Nightingale’s vision for nurses during her Bicentenary.
Maps derived from Google Maps. Photos from NIGH’s archives and Phakakshi Manjrekar’s camera.
As we prepare to celebrate the 2020 Nightingale Bicentenary—with worldwide advocacy to achieve UN Global Goals—now the UN SDGs—we also remember the related 2010 Event where nurses advocated to achieve UN Global Goals—then the UN MDGs—for the first time. To revisit many features from this 2010 Event, click here.
UN MDG & SDG Logo Charts used with required attribution to UN.org