“I am a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Emergency Department and I teach undergraduate nursing students. I have been writing encouraging messages with my children to healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Six feet of distance prevents hugs. Masks cover smiles. Gloves negate the warm touch of hands. Words uttered convert moments in times such as these into the worst of ones’ life, and our mechanisms of providing comfort are banned in an effort to maintain safety. When a mother’s son is taking his final breaths, how does one hold her up and comfort her if not with their arms?