With eyes trained on our own safety, we often forget that the people beneath scrubs are human too. Patients are not the only ones in need of care. Nurses often have to assess their physical and mental health too – a feat that proves difficult given the job.
At the end of his first shift in the COVID-19 ward, Ric asked his team members to give him time to cry, even if just for 15 minutes. He was exhausted and overwhelmed too, he said with a crack in his voice. Yet, he has to put up a brave front and perform his duties well for his members and patients.