Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Ephesians 5:6
Before becoming a Registered Professional Nurse, I was an LVN for many years. My scope of practice was limited to direct patient care, collecting patient data, subjective and objective, and reporting all abnormal symptoms and patient reports to the RN in charge or to the Physician.
Progressing up the career ladder significantly changed my responsibilities. Patient safety was first and foremost, not just physical safety but also ensuring that the physician orders for medications and treatments were accurate, well-tolerated, and effectively producing results. For example, if a patient is taking an antibiotic for an infectious disease, then improvement should be noted within 24-48 hours without visible or reported adverse reactions.
As my scope of nursing practiced expanded, my focus was no longer limited to provide hands-on patient care. I was responsible for performing nursing assessments while using astute nursing judgment, critical thinking skills, and the nursing process to manage patient care, and to document and report said findings to the patient’s healthcare provider. As a Registered Nurse, I had the responsibility of managing my patient’s disease and educating the patient to self-manage under the direction of their physician. And above all, I was licensed to determine and carry out prudent actions under all circumstances and for every patient.
What is prudent behavior? An action is prudent if it is the wise thing to do under the existing circumstances. … It is possessing excellent and careful judgment when handling all patient matters. Being prudent is to carry out a wise and well-thought-through decision or action.
Depending on the patient’s condition, the process of using sound judgment, critical thinking based on theoretical knowledge, and developing a prudent plan of action must be executed in a matter of seconds. Healthcare providers have no room for error when we are dealing with human beings, our patient’s lives are in our hands. We adhere to ethical standards and possess a commitment to the preservation of life, based on nonmaleficence–that nurses must do no harm intentionally.
Now add in my status of being a Believer in God, my mindset does not contain a gray or unknown area. My outlook on life is based on truth and error, right and wrong, and to live without compromise. Since January, I have monitored the progression of the COVID-19 virus, and as one nurse boldly expressed, “the recommendations and actions that we are being forced to take, go against everything that we have been taught and licensed to perform.”
If the tug of war did not exist among healthcare experts and politicians, the general public would have immediately received the necessary health education for protective measures against the coronavirus. Moving forward, it is senseless to place the blame on an entity or person, our focus must be on the safety of humanity. My heart breaks as I read the comments posted on Facebook, demanding that we resume our normal way of living, and it is due to a lack of knowledge.
For the many individuals who are infected or the families that have lost loved ones without the opportunity to say good-bye, I cannot imagine that their thoughts are on the economy. Believers, where do you stand? Is your faith in God wavering based on the economy?
If yes, then Jesus has this answer:
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31-34
Our prayer must be as David prayed: Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139:23-24
There are many areas in our lives that the Stay at Home ordinance allows us to accomplish:
- Spiritual growth–By praying and studying the Word of God, our faith grows, and we act and think prudently because we ask for wisdom and place our lives in God’s hands. …God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth is transformed, and the mountains are toppled into the depths of the seas… Psalm 46:1-2. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
- Lifestyle changes–Learning to cook and selecting foods that promote health in the body and the mind. Indoor exercising. Bonding with family through daily worship, becoming a part of your children’s educational growth, discovering creativity skills, and having fun. Most importantly, incorporating structure and discipline to create a peaceful and loving home. Beloved, I pray that in every way, you may prosper and enjoy good health, as your soul also prospers. 3 John 1:2. Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
- Helping others–Many parents struggle to assist their children with school assignments. Teachers are desperately needed to guide and instruct, calls to seniors who are isolated and lonely would be appreciated. We can use Messenger, Skype, Facetime, etc., and our cell phones to stay in contact with each other. God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10
- Increasing our knowledge–Stay up-to-date with credible sources: cdc.gov, fda.gov, WHO.int. Beware of sensationalism and fake news. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
Our spiritual journey on this earth, as we know, is coming to an end. Even so, Jesus has given us this promise: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14:1-4
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020
The progression of the coronavirus in the United States from January 2020 through yesterday, April 15, 2020. Reference: cdc.gov. Please note that these are only the reported cases and deaths, the CDC acknowledges that the actual numbers remain unknown.
- January 2020 Cases:4,226 Deaths:75
- April 15, 2020 Cases:605,390 Deaths: 24, 582