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We all go through tough times, and need to handle our emotions
“I want people to know that mental illness is real. It’s very serious, and it’s not a joke. It’s like any other illness – malaria or typhoid or cancer – it’s real, and it can be...
We were happy to see the residents who were doing okay, but then it was so hard to see empty rooms
“It was a very personally challenging time for me. We saw someone pass away every day. We were happy to see the residents who were doing okay, but then it was so hard to see empty...
You do what you need to do to make sure everyone’s okay, healthy and safe
“My patients are like family. That’s one of the joys of working in a specialty unit. I know all my patients, and I love getting to know them. I love being able to help them through...
There’s been much more closeness and support between different job groups in the last few months
“There’s been much more closeness and support between different job groups in the last few months. Now, we often stop to say ‘thanks’ to the cleaners in COVID rooms. As Medical Lab...
You feel like it’s a different world in the hospital than it is outside
“Any time you can help somebody, hold their hand and reassure them, make them laugh or feel more comfortable at their worst time, that’s rewarding. I tell patients, ‘You’re safe...
I urge everybody out there to be careful, and keep up the physical distancing
“There’s a certain kind of stress in the hospital these days. Maybe it’s more to do with not knowing what’s going on, or what’s going to happen, but it’s definitely there. So far...
It’s one-on-one care, and I love it
“I tell people, it’s not all about money. I worked for many years in hospital laboratories, but something was lacking. In the lab, you don’t see how people feel; you don’t see...
Health care is so complicated, and it touches everybody. I am happy to be a part of it.
“Health care is so complicated, and it touches everybody. I am happy to be a part of it. I have family members who went into long-term care. You never really think about the people...
We can’t live in fear in this job because we need to protect the patients
“We can’t live in fear in this job because we need to protect the patients. I’m a chief shop steward, so I hear from a lot of my co-workers about their safety concerns during this...
We make sure anything people touch in the hospital isn’t going to hurt them
“Not only do we clean up after patients, but we clean public areas too. We make sure anything people touch in the hospital isn’t going to hurt them. I’m a Housekeeping Room...