• Denetra Hampton

In The Middle of An Historical Story

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Rudyard Kipling

In the middle of an historical story has been the theme of my every morning since the world met the thing called Coronavirus, AKA Covid-19. Each day is a different color, my script pen changes with every briefing, and with every breaking news headline.

But, I am committed to telling the story of nursing. I am dedicated to those who have sacrificed so that I could tell their stories. I am no stranger to sacrifice, I served 22 years in the United States Navy, a playground for sacrifice, honor and committment. So, I understand. Consequently, our healthcare system is experiencing one of the most historical challenges of our time. And nursing is right in the middle of every transaction that takes place. Were we prepared? No. No one was.

Nothing has been more important than an N-95 mask, full protective equipment or an ICU bed. What's important to note, is that whatever struggle one nurse faces at any given hospital, will be the same for the next one. The stories are in these small details, unfortunately, at the cost of lives.


We are all in this together.

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