Worldwide media acknowledges that there’s nothing more inspiring than reading about people going the extra mile to help others. Publications like Reader’s Digest and Time Magazine annually release feature articles that commemorate a certain individual, groups or organizations who may have achieved something exemplary or have rendered remarkable service.
For 2014, TIME magazine’s Person of the Year is actually a group of them from different professions, nationalities and organizations banded together by one humanitarian goal. Collectively, TIME called them the Ebola Fighters, and among their ranks are dedicated nurses.
The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight. For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year.
The stories of the nurses are nothing short of inspiring, from the story of one nurse who cared for an Ebola patient out of dedication to her duty to the nurse who joined an initiative to give nursing care when local hospitals and health institutions shut down during the Ebola outbreak. And it’s not just the nurses who inspire awe: everyone involved from the doctors, to the caregivers to the volunteers whose tales may have not been included in TIME’s collection yet are no less significant. I’d recommend reading their stories to anybody. Definitely worth it.
It’s amazing how brave and dedicated the Ebola fighters are. While death in the medical field is a reality we face daily, the thought of your own death and the idea of risking your life for people you barely know are both quite sobering. I can imagine being tasked to care for a patient with Ebola sounding like a death sentence or a trip to the frightening unknown having no idea if you’ll ever return.
But these people proved that there are nurses who put dedication to their duties above the fears. They know that contracting Ebola is a real danger, and that death will most likely follow once it happens but they still chose to help.
Cultivating compassion and love takes time and constant effort, especially in a highly stressful career and a fast paced world. It’s not an easy thing to do but I’d like to believe I can find it in myself to do that for my patients someday. At the very least, I’ll put in my best effort to be on the right track. By being considerate towards others, enough to put their needs above my own, I know I’ll find the courage to be what a true nurse is meant to be.
Because a true nurse will never turn away from a person in need. That is what it means to be human at its very best.
I was obviously scared, but I chose to keep my assignment. It’s part of who I am—nursing is a calling. There was a patient who needed help, and I was going to help him.
Read more about the Ebola fighters here.