Flashing across the bottom of the screen the headline read, “Healthcare workers refuse vaccine.”
The comment section was quickly filled with angry comments. How could they have the audacity to endanger an already vulnerable nation?
Generalizations always cause more problems than they solve. And this applies to our topic today of misplaced blame on frontline nurses and doctors.
All I ask is you keep an open, critical thinking mind as we do.
Here we go!
Why Healthcare Workers Are Quitting
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you just couldn’t win despite your best efforts?
Then you can relate to the position healthcare workers have found themselves in since Covid hit our shores. But even before this new medical crisis arose, they regularly assumed many risks.
Here’s a few:
- Back damage
- Needle injuries
- Drug & chemical exposure
Add to that vaccine injury risk from mandated shots. It shouldn’t be surprising then that large numbers of staff are quitting instead of gambling even more.
In their estimation, the cons outweigh the pros. We should respect their decision because it’s their health, not ours.
- As of 2021, there were 22 million people working in the medical industry
Having a fair amount of family members in healthcare, my insider knowledge leads me to have more grace should they say no to unproven vaccines.
Worse Than the Flu?
Having worked in the industry for 10 years, I was always encouraged to get an annual flu shot.
If your convictions led you to decline, you signed a form and wore a mask during the months in question. But it was never mandated and those who refused weren’t vilified by the media and government.
So what changed with this virus?
It. Was. Politicized.
You may argue my flu example isn’t comparable to the dangers presented by Covid. Well, let’s look at some numbers.
- During the 2019-2020 flu season, sadly around 20,342 people passed away
Do you remember blaming the medical staff who weren’t vaccinated for these lost lives? I sure don’t.
The point I’m trying to make is there’s bigger players involved in pushing a narrative and shifting blame to others who exhibit compassion in their trade daily.
Regulatory bodies carry greater responsibility for outcomes than the nurse serving her community.
Here’s what you can do with a fresh perspective.
How To Support Healthcare Workers
They are mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. Understand they have real fears just like you do.
But they push those to the background once they enter the office, clinic, or hospital because yours takes precedence. Did you ever consider that?
Some ways to encourage them:
- Share a great experience you had with an individual on the facility’s social media page
- Bring a treat to share during your next doctor’s visit
- Have you kids draw them a picture or craft a note of thanks
- Avoid lumping all healthcare workers in with the 3-letter agencies influencing decision makers
- Pray for them!
Just like it’s foolish to fire all first responders and expect help in an actual emergency, it’s unwise to further disenfranchise those serving in this capacity.
The goal of each individual American should be to honor these heroes, while holding poor leaders accountable for their actions.
Doing so will drive actual change to the U.S. healthcare system as patients demand higher standards. And simultaneously support its most valuable and committed practitioners.
Elijah Wordsmith Supports Healthcare Workers
Having already given back to the industry God used to heal a life-threatening illness, my recent goal is serving holistic practitioners.
Elijah Wordsmith content writing connects your facility with new patients through blogs and webpages. It’s a craft I’ve been sharpening for over 3 years, continually improving through small business ownership myself.
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