Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Region of Niagara expressed their gratitude to nurses and long-term caretakers during National Nursing Week May 10-16.
And if there is one sector of society that this pandemic has demonstrated to be essential it has to be our nurses, long-term caretakers, and other health care workers.
“All of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s residents, council and staff are so appreciative of the nurses and their dedication to the public as our frontline workers in helping us through this pandemic,” Lord Mayor Betty Disero, whose mother Lena is a retired nurse, told The Lake Report.
“I remember the shift work, and all the hours that she put in, and her patients. She always brought their feelings up and made sure they knew they were well looked after.”
The Canadian Nurses Association’s theme for the week was #WeAnswerTheCall to show the myriad roles nurses take on.
The association recommends sending personal messages to any nurses or long-term care workers in your life, and stresses that these little acts of kindness can go a long way in increasing the morale of frontline workers.
In the trenches for the last 14 months, health care workers have been stalwart and tireless fighters against COVID-19 and for people'ss lives.
“I am honoured to recognize and thank the dedicated nurses, long-term care staff and front-line workers who provide quality care for some of Niagara’s most vulnerable residents,” regional chair Jim Bradley said in a news release.
At least 24 health care workers have died from the virus in Canada alone, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
With their lives on the line due to the virus, nurses and long-term care workers have still relentlessly worked to save our loved ones from the COVID scourge.
“Without our health care workers, where would we be?” Disero said.
“They are caregivers to everyone, all the time, and now especially during the time of COVID.”