Let’s salute health care workers


Someday issues go bump within the night time and typically these issues are us. When that occurs, we’ve acquired one factor to say: “Thanks, well being care staff.”

All of us owe a debt of gratitude to everybody who works in well being care proper now, particularly those that select to work the night time shifts in emergency rooms, pressing care facilities and the hospital. We are able to’t at all times plan once we’ll want their assist however once we do, we’re fortunate to have their professionalism and compassion to see us by way of.

To honor the service and professionalism of nurses, affected person care assistants, well being care technicians and each different frontline well being care employee who faces further pressures from work on the night time shift, let’s all be certain to return collectively on Nov. 7 and thank them for the work. Why Nov. 7 you ask? As a result of on this night time with the top of Daylight Financial savings Time, night time shift well being care staff have an additional hour of labor. It’s the proper time to succeed in out and say thanks for all they do.

To precise our thanks, Western Governors College Ohio (WGU Ohio) is delivering Evening Shift Nurse Appreciation Kits on Nov. 7 to nurses at hospitals and different well being care amenities all through the state. Every Evening Shift Nurse Appreciation Package incorporates a handwritten observe of thanks from WGU Ohio school and workers together with snacks, sleep masks, espresso, and pens. That is the third straight yr that WGU Ohio has delivered this particular recognition as a result of, frankly, nurses deserve it, particularly now.

WGU is proud to be one of many state’s main schooling suppliers for nurses and different well being care professionals. Most of the college students in our nursing diploma applications are additionally night time shift nurses, in reality. They recognize WGU’s versatile, on-line strategy to increased schooling, which permits them to advance of their careers and examine on their very own schedules whereas additionally offering high quality care to their sufferers at work and oftentimes caring for households at house.

WGU was established in 1997 by a partnership of state governors to supply college students, significantly grownup learners, the prospect to go to school whereas working and caring for his or her households. In 2018, Ohio grew to become the twenty seventh state to affix the WGU partnership, providing a brand new pathway for Ohioans to hunt careers in such in-demand careers as well being care and nursing, enterprise, instructing, and data know-how.

As a state with main, world-class well being care and medical analysis facilities, Ohio has skilled alternatives that make it a horny place for nurses. Moreover, there’s a scarcity of nurses proper now and each effort must be made to help these concerned with pursuing this vital profession. We work rigorously with the state’s well being care suppliers to align what we educate with what nurses must know to succeed and now greater than ever than alignment is crucial.

For all nurses and different well being care staff do to maintain us wholesome and luxury us in instances of ache or nervousness, it might probably actually be a tricky job at instances. For the previous yr and a half, they’ve all labored on the frontlines of the pandemic to assist us keep wholesome, even on the danger of their very own well being and the well being of their households. As COVID-19 surges have come and gone and are available once more, the quantity of sufferers and stress has been extraordinarily tough. Not solely will we owe our well being care staff a debt of thanks, we additionally owe them our utmost courtesy and persistence as they go about very laborious jobs caring for us. In thanks for all they do, we’re grateful.

Dr. Okay.L. Allen is chancellor of WGU Ohio, the state affiliate of on-line, nonprofit Western Governors College.

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