Our work shift can change in a moment’s notice. A trauma require emergency attention. An overhead code bellow through the hallways. The medical condition of a patient suddenly takes a turn for the worst. In all these stressful times, we may experience anxiety and tension. According to author Lena Horne, “It’s not the load that breaks you it’s the way you carry it.”
As we wait for the patient’s and/or family’s arrival, what can we do besides preparing the room and taking report? Take a few deep breaths. Triage what needs to be done now and in possibly the next several minutes. Whisper a prayer to the One above Who travels alongside you everywhere you go.
Lord, according to Matthew 11:28, You said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” We come to You now, asking that You help us carry the loads we have now and those that will be placed upon us. In Your name I pray, Amen.