by Paula Manuel Staff Nurse Interest Group

It’s been said to think globally and act locally,  right now I’m cultivating an aversion to CNN.  Nothing personal but the style of reporting contains threads of anticipated doom, liberally laced with fear, and yes there is certainly cause to be concerned but let’s be responsive not reactive.  That or we will all need some degree of sedation to make it through the day (or night depending on one’s work schedule).

There is a different environment here in Ontario, it’s worth noting that SARS provided some outcomes that will likely help us to deal with future emerging infectious diseases.  The importance of screening, evidence-based protocols, adequate training and staffing resources, multi-modal communications from one’s own organization, professional association, union, government bodies and the World Health Organization are key elements.  Public Health agencies are truly our sentinels for Population Health and I trust our colleagues are equal to the task of screening, monitoring, and preparing for all manner of contingencies.  The provincial government has articulated the importance of protecting health care workers (that would be clinicians and our valuable support staff), and the public, and the government has demonstrated action by providing funds to Doctors without Borders and the Red Cross–agencies providing on the ground services in the hot zone of Ebola.  The federal government has sent shipments of personal protective equipment, portable labs, monies, and the Canadian developed vaccine to be tested in the field.

Personally we need to consider our professional obligations, be mindful of our infection control practices not only for our own health but we’re accountable to our family, friends, patients, and community.  We maybe called upon to be courageous if necessary and we have professional standards and code of ethics to consider and reflect upon.  I know I will be ready to practice if conditions change to a more heightened protection protocol, and mindful of my responsibility to keep my body, mind, and soul optimal.

For the health workers in West Africa our respect and admiration for the work being done, sympathies for those who have died in the line of duty.  Please consider donating to one of the agencies providing care and if you’re inclined prayers for all concerned.  Namaste.

 

Morrie Schwartz, in “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

Comments on: "Can’t Help Notice Current World Conditions" (1)

  1. Una Ferguson said:

    Along with the health concerns of Ebola we also are living in a world of uncertainty with acts of terror as seen in Ottawa this past week or the school shootings in the US. We saw in Ottawa a nurse who tried to save the life of a dying soldier in spite of the chaos surrounding her. Nurses do and can make a difference in these fearful situations and we are thankful that they have the courage to step in and let their training take over. Although the soldier died it was comforting to know that he had people who cared with him at the end. Knowledge and training are the key in these situations . Thank goodness we have nurses and doctors who will go into areas where their personal saftey is on the line to try and stop diseases like Ebola from spreading. They deserve our respect and gratitude for what they do.

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