Working in challenging times

25 June 2020
Volume 29 · Issue 12

How the world and our lives have changed! Coronaviruses have been known about for several years, and yet most of us had no idea of the effect one would have on all of our lives. I have watched and listened to reports on the effects of the virus and feel immense sadness for the significant loss of life. Many people have died before their time. I appreciate the loss of every single life and the impact on their loved ones. This is truly a very sad time. The distribution of cases can be viewed on the WHO situation report dashboard which is updated daily (

However, many positive things have come out of this pandemic, and one very big change is a resurgence of appreciation for NHS staff. The modern media image of the nurse and other allied health professionals has changed in a positive way, and there has been a significant increase in applications for nurse training. I am unsure whether any other recruitment campaign could have been more successful. This is definitely a good thing, and there is no doubting the need for a highly skilled workforce for the future.

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