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Trinity River between TR and TREC; photograph by Susan Priest
Tranquility: /ˌtraNGˈkwilədē/ || noun || the quality or state of being tranquil; calm.
Tranquility describes a calmness, a peace, or a lack of civil disturbance. COVID-19 disrupted our tranquility. Or so it seemed. Nurses know and live this absence of tranquility and often experience it daily. We learn not to succumb to the outward chaos surrounding us as we order our thoughts and prioritize then reprioritize our steps. We learn tranquility as the world roars around us. We long for tranquility but are on guard for the next big trouble.
Nurses’ Week 2020 marks the “International Year of the Nurse” as designated by the World Health Organization celebrating Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. She left the comforts of her wealthy upper-crust upbringing in London to use statistics (flatten the curve) and hygiene practices (N-95 masks) to reform troop care in the Crimean War near the Baltic Sea. She advocated for fresh air, sunlight, handwashing, cleanliness, and a healthy diet. She inspired us by warning “how very little can be done under the spirit of fear” and that nurses need to “put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him.” She considered God a “fellow worker.” In the spirit of Ms. Nightingale, we celebrate the International Year of the Nurse. “Rather ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world than stand idly on the shore.” We watch and wait for tranquility.
-Dr. Susan Priest, Assistant Dean of Nursing
Tarrant County College Division of Nursing
Juma, N. (2019, May 5). Florence Nightingale quotes on life, communication, and nursing. Everyday Power. Retrieved from https://everydaypower.com/florence-nightingale-quotes/
Name: Kacey Gallaway MSN, RN
The reason I love nursing/ why I got into it: I love that I get to come in on someone's worst day. They may have just had a car accident, maybe they were just diagnosed with cancer, or maybe just in incredible pain. I see the best and the worst of people. I get to come into that chaos/ that mess, and I get to make it just a tiny bit better. That tiny bit I did for that patient, that makes all the difference to that patient. I get to take something horrible & painful and make it a little less horrible & painful.
-Kacey Gallaway MSN, RN
TCC Adjunct Nursing Clinical Instructor
I chose to become a nurse so I can help people. My mother was a nurse, and when we grew up, I was able to see how she helped pregnant women and others who were sick. I always noticed how she was able to manage family and her career, how she helped people in the community, in our family and neighborhood.
During this pandemic in 2020, I am helping students through online simulations, Google Hangout, Zoom, and Blackboard Collaborate. At the hospital, I help nurses from different backgrounds transition to work bedside on medical surgical floors, teaching them skills and keeping them informed of new changes.
-Jiji Andrews MSN, R.N. PCCN, CMSRN