Healthcare workers have been on the frontlines from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting ourselves and our families at risk to care for millions of patients. We deserve recognition for our efforts and sacrifices.
Not enough masks for all staff. Being asked to reuse masks or other PPE. Long shifts with few breaks. We’ve been through it all, and we know that we are at risk every time we go to work. But we never stopped working for the patients who need us.
We’ve never been through anything like this in our careers in healthcare. We try not to get emotional because we need to be strong to do our jobs, but we have seen more of our patients die than ever before, we have worried about our own health and the health of our families — and that takes a mental toll on all of us.
Our state is already facing future shortages of healthcare workers. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to make those shortages dramatically worse. We need to support and sustain our current workers to ensure all Californians get the care they need.
Healthcare workers have been called heroes for the role we played in fighting this pandemic. A bonus for all of us would recognize our efforts and help support us as we work to recover from what we endured.