Forum Navigation

Leadership during Crisis, COVID 19

My name is Rita Ledbetter - a CNM in full scope practice for over 27 years in Illinois.  We are blessed to be able to care for families at their most vulnerable times.  Now we are feeling vulnerable with all the changes in our nation due to this virus.

I served in Haiti after the earthquake.  I knew I had to go.  Women were delivering babies on the roadside unattended.  The nation was chaotic without food or even Tylenol.  Cesareans were done with threat of house lights going down  so we operated with headlamps.

Sometimes we have to run toward the roar of fear.  When we run into the roar we find that it isn’t so bad.  We have a community around us.  We know our stuff and it shows.  We are overwhelmed but at the same time empowered from within to be strong and have enormous valor.

The families that we work with need us.  We, as leaders and influencers, need to be creative.  Listen to that inner voice... it will lead the way.  Show no fear.  Encourage others to be at peace.  This too will pass.  Right now we are just flattening the curve with drastic measures so infections will not over tax hospitals until it runs it course and we adjust to a new normal. 

There is a song out nowadays by Lauren Daigle, “Look up Child".  Let’s remember our purpose and shine brightly for those we serve. 

Agree to the InCommunity Guidelines ?

Welcome to InCommunity

We are dedicated to maintaining a supportive community of educators and nurses. Please keep the following in mind when using InCommunity.

Respect others’ viewpoints. Please be respectful of all members of our community, including those who share a comment or a tool they use with parents. We want InCommunity to be a safe and welcoming space for all individuals and their ideas. As such, we expect you to constructively discuss ideas or just move on to topics where you can be constructive. Please post only current, relevant links. If you have something to promote, please contact InCommunity@injoyhe.com before posting.

The views and opinions shared on InCommunity are those of the people who post and do not necessarily reflect the official position of InJoy or its employees. This area is intended for informational and educational purposes only and does not serve as medical advice, a basis for diagnosis, or recommendation of treatment.

Please do not post any identifying information about your patients or students if you are asking for feedback. Keep things general so we respect other’s privacy. We hope you enjoy sharing and learning from each other!