All nurses are leaders. This is a repetitive theme, beginning in undergraduate school through to retirement. It crosses all health care and academic sectors.
Simon Sinek states that the most important trait of a leader is courage. “It takes unbelievable courage to put the important before the urgent”.
Long before the pandemic, nurses have led through advocacy, research, and education. We are committed to our profession as demonstrated by the care we provide. We advocate on both a small and large scale as part of our dedication.
Nursing has continued the important work of leading by example. We have demonstrated a responsibility to see those around us rise. We have left the comfort of our current roles to aid those areas in dire need.
Nurse’s week this year has been muted by the urgency of the pandemic. We have celebrated by supporting those around us. We have brought humanity to the forefront of each person’s mind. We check in on each other. We have found small ways to rejoice such as sharing the tears of a senior who can finally see their loved one in person, and openly grieved our losses by sitting with a patient and talking with their family on an iPad as they watch their loved one pass away.
As we move through to the other side of the pandemic, we will maintain our courage to do the important work, so we can continue to be ready for the next urgency.
With the utmost respect
Donna Leybourne, RN