December 4th, 2020


I am a newly single father this year and have been navigating the waters at home with four beautiful children (5, 7, 8, 11).

Along with the stress at home with virtual learning, healing from a loss, I have managed to come to work each week since the Pandemic began and maintain some semblance of Peace within to care and provide for patients and their families. I am always in the constant state of worry about bringing Covid home, more so now with the impending surge. I smile, laugh, play and sometimes bark at my children but being a father and a Nurse is my life.

I realize I am only in control of myself, I realize that I have an important impact at work to my patients and my peers. That is what keeps me coming back with a smile. I value “letting go” but being smart at the same time. I value self-restraint, integrity, forgiveness, kindness, giving and of course humility. If I keep these at my core, I know I will overcome stress, fear and pain. If we all give more of ourselves while making sure we meditate/pray, we can all get thru our difficult times.

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Hi Richard:

Thanks for sharing your story. I am very sorry for your loss.

When you think about your work environments, what matters most to you about practicing in a culture that’s healthy and resilient?

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