SOHN President’s COVID-19 Message
My fellow SOHN members:
This is the bicentennial of the birth of Florence Nightingale, “The Lady with the Lamp”. Her efforts of providing clean environments to the wounded soldiers during the Crimean War reduced mortality rates from 40% to 2%. Today, we are finding that the simple act of good hand washing is still one of the best ways of curbing the present worldwide pandemic.
We, the nurses of today, are still the leading force in fighting this pandemic. While we do not walk among the beds with a lamp, we still work around the clock, caring for those most in need. The light of nursing never shines as bright as during the darkest times. No one living remembers the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, but nurses were there, on the front lines of giving care to the sick and dying.
SOHN has been the voice of ORL nursing for the past 44 years. Never in our history have we faced something of the magnitude of the Coronavirus. We must remember that we need to remain up-to-date with our education to continue to be the light of nursing in the future.
SOHN has cancelled our Spring Seminar Series in April because of the pandemic. The SOHN Board of Directors is looking at ways of providing education without the need of groups coming together. We have no idea how long this pandemic will last, but there is a possibility that it could last for months.
I wish I had a crystal ball to see what the future will bring, but lacking that, I do see that you, the members of SOHN, will remain on the frontlines of caring for our patients. We live in uncertain times, but we have the education to make a difference in the lives of so many in need. Stay safe, stay sane and may God bless each and every one of you.
Chester Hilton BSN RN CORLN
SOHN President 2020 & 2021