A major theme of Meelu’s experience during the pandemic is gratitude.
“I keep reflecting on my experience as a health-care professional, a mother, a daughter and a wife. I feel privileged to be part of a health-care team during this difficult time; I can only imagine how our patients and families are feeling.
“As a nurse leader, I feel nothing but a deep sense of gratitude during this pandemic. Health-care teams have stepped up to this challenge without complaining. I have witnessed care, compassion, empathy, resilience and authentic leadership. This crisis has brought us together and we are a strong team.
“Communities have supported us with generous donations of food and other donations to thank health-care workers for their efforts. We continue to get encouragement in various forms — thank you cards, and cheers from our partners such as police and fire departments, paramedics, and the local community at shift change. I am so lucky to be a nurse. I have witnessed and experienced generosity like no other time. We are stronger together. We can do anything and achieve anything if we put our minds to it. We will fight this pandemic together. Together we are so much more!”