Endoscopy nurse Amy-Lynn Howson wanted to bring hope and light to the ICU at the Ottawa Hospital, and she did so in song.
These are dark times. Although more and more citizens across the world are getting their first and second vaccinations against the deadly Coronavirus, patients infected with it are still struggling in the ICU. Therefore, a nurse working in the ICU at the Ottawa Hospital in Canada decided her patients could use a little reassurance that they were not fighting this pandemic alone. While nurses and other frontline health workers have borne the brunt of the pandemic, working long hours in difficult conditions, endoscopy nurse Amy-Lynn Howson has shown us all that frontline health workers have some fight left in them yet, CTV News reports. For that, we should be more than grateful.
Touching interview with @Amy_LynnHowson who is a #nurse @OttawaHospital and who sings a beautiful song SHE WROTE to her ICU patients — hits the right notes and right in “the feels”https://t.co/agQmOqrQoD@reshminair— Nick Dixon (@NewsguyNick) April 24, 2021
In a video that has gone viral since it was first posted to Twitter by Ottawa Hospital, the nurse can be seen standing outside an ICU patient's room, serenading them while strumming along on an acoustic guitar. Howson was singing an original song titled 'You Are Not Alone.' "I wrote it about three or four years ago when a friend was struggling with some mental health issues and it reminded me of some of my own struggles," she explained in an interview with CTV News. "Sometimes people don't have the answers to tell you how to fix things or how to get better."
Howson stated that the song was a reminder of how we were all weathering this storm together. She shared, "But for me in my own life journey, when someone's been there with me and just sat with me in it that can sometimes change a life. So that was the song and it hadn't really seen much of the life of the day until the pandemic and I realized it was maybe time to sing it." Hawson, who has been a nurse for the past nine years, was only recently redeployed to the ICU at the Ottawa Hospital. This is because the hospital is presently adjusting staffing, ramping down its non-urgent procedures to handle an influx of patients as Canada handles its third wave of the global pandemic.
https://t.co/1QSLrHwSSM— Amy-Lynn Howson (@Amy_LynnHowson) May 5, 2021
Voting is still open for my song, You Are Not Alone....100% of votes = 100% support for @OttawaHospital COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund!
Much love, The Singing Nurse (apparently that’s a thing now 😅🥰🎶🙏) @michellevalberg pic.twitter.com/mD89SGt1M1
Howson simply wishes to bring some hope, love, and light back into the ICU. Even beyond her ward, she has had a positive impact on thousands of Twitter users. About 4,000 people have "liked" the hospital's tweet online, whereas over 1,000 folks have retweeted the moving video of the nurse. "I've had the opportunity to go and do some medical missions abroad, and on one trip someone brought a guitar with them and that gave me the idea, why can't we start doing that here at home," she said. "I hadn't done that here at the Ottawa Hospital yet, but when I've been helping out in the ICU I noticed how heavy things have been and I saw how lonely the patients were. I thought if I don't do this now, when is there a better time to start bringing comfort to the patients just the way I can."
This is Amy-Lynn. An endoscopy nurse at The Ottawa Hospital, who has recently been redeployed to the ICU.— The Ottawa Hospital (@OttawaHospital) April 24, 2021
Here she is with a beautiful song for our patients... “You are not alone”.
Thank you for lifting our spirits, Amy-Lynn! 💙#StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/Xn11mNr44D