A Commentary by Linda McKellar, a retired emergency care nurse living in Fort Erie, Ontario
Posted March 30th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
I was speaking with a former co-worker and we both expressed how frustrating it was to need a pandemic before so many hard working and selfless people in all jobs were recognized.
I especially want to express my gratitude for all of those in my former profession who are still on the job. I can’t tell you how often medical workers are disrespected and verbally and even physically assaulted. (Statistics show even more than police!)
A co-worker’s leg was broken. Another suffered a stroke after a beating. I’ve seen doctors punched and expensive medical equipment destroyed. People come into the ER with weapons. Some said it was “part of the job” to take abuse.
Suddenly people realize how essential and devoted these people are. They are currently working under stressful circumstances. They are fearful for themselves and their families.
In spite of that, they are there for us.
They still go to work knowing they risk injury and infectious diseases that they can take home to their families. It is sad that a disaster is needed for people to realize that everyone – doctors, nurses, technicians, LPN’s, PSW’s, housekeepers – all do their best and that they do care.
This should not just apply to health care providers. Truckers who deliver supplies, grocery and pharmacy workers, clergy, teachers, cleaners, garbage collectors…EVERYONE who works for all of us deserves a round of applause and not just in times of crisis.
When this is over, hopefully sooner rather than later, remember to thank those people who do their jobs every day. The words respect and gratitude need to be rescued from the dust bin.
Linda McKellar is a resident of Fort Erie in Niagara, Ontario and is a retired nurse who has been a strong advocate for quality, universal health care. She is also an avid follower of public affairs who frequently shares here views on Niagara At Large.
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