Activist & Pioneer Nurse
It’s Appalling Queens Park Continues to Disrespect Nurses
Article in Sunday, April 18, 2021 Toronto Star Editorial Section IN6
The Minister of health tells us they are adding hundreds of ICU beds and they will be redeploying staff into these areas. This is bad news for the people of Ontario, as beds are of no use without nurses.
This is the equivalent of the government giving you a shiny new car but guess what? No one has any gas. Nurses are not interchangeable robots – they work in specific clinical areas and develop specialized skills. Do you really want your obstetrician redeployed to do brain surgery? There would be more nurses if there were sufficient staff long before COVID and working conditions were improved. Experienced nurses are leaving. Shifts that last 14 hours with no food or bathroom breaks day after day, year after year and you are supposed to just suck it up because you care about the patients. You do the job until just can’t do it anymore.
And then the Ontario government offers you a 1-per-cent salary increase. Really?
Janice Walsh, Burlington ON
RN’s in Ontario are such a valuable resource suddenly, and they now want more to come work in Ontario. Successive Provincial governments in Ontario have been denying our undeniable value to the healthcare system for the last 15 years. Ye reap what you sow sadly.
Anne Clark (RN retired)
Highlights from Ann (April 2021) and Thoughts on Nursing Week in the Congo
Since this writing I have had quite a few emails with the nurses in Karawa, DR Congo about their celebration plans. We (the Paul Carlson Partnership) have sent money for new t-shirts with Florence Nightingale’s photo on the back side of the t-shirt and their school of nursing name on the front left.
The Medical Ambassador Volunteers are planning a trip September 1 – 17th, 2021 for continued training in preterm labor and the care of the premature infant. At that time we will have a Nurses Celebration dinner together and a pinning ceremony for the nurses joining the Christian Nurses Association of Congo. The Nurses of Congo are active and engaged!
We are grateful that Covid 19 has had minimal impact due to the shut down of air travel at the beginning. Currently Covax, COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, abbreviated as COVAX, is a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines led by UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, or GAVI), the World Health Organization (WHO), the CoalitionWorld Health Organization (WHO), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and others is reaching our friends deep in the Congo. We are excited and grateful to be able to safely travel to be with them in September.