After Long Hospital Shifts, Nurses Are Taking To The Streets To Treat Injured Protesters
These front line workers are amazing!
Being a health care worker has never been tougher. COVID-19 continues to spread across the world, with thousands of American people still in hospitals being treated for the novel coronavirus. Doctors, nurses and other hospital staff and working around the clock to save lives. But they don’t always clock off when their shifts end.
Following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of police, one of the countless Black people who have died as a result of white police brutality, #BlackLivesMatter protests have been taking place across the country. Even peaceful protests sometimes lead to violence and injury, and many medical workers are doing everything they can to help protesters.
This often involves going straight from a long, demanding hospital shift to the demonstrations to tend to anyone who’s come to harm, such as those injured by tear gas and rubber bullets used by law enforcement.
Several accounts have been shared on social media, such as the Twitter video posted by Joshua Potash showing several healthcare workers at a Minneapolis protest.
This is amazing.
Nurses have been going straight to protests after long COVID shifts to help treat people hit with tear gas and rubber bullets.
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) May 29, 2020
“This is amazing,” Potash wrote in his tweet. “Nurses have been going straight to protests after long COVID shifts to treat people hit with tear gas and rubber bullets.”
One nurse at @honeydipyaya from Los Angeles, Calif. posted that she and other healthcare workers are providing safe spaces for protestors, especially Black, indigenous people of color:
HEY LA! I am a licensed nurse with an organized group of frontline medics we are all Healthcare workers (drs,nurses,EMT’s) and we provide safe spaces of first aid care for anyone who might be have minor injuries r/t to police protest we prioritize care for BIPOC folks if you are-
— G 🇸🇻 (@honeydipyaya) May 31, 2020
A New York City nurse at @_estherlauren shared her protest sign on Instagram that let people know she was a nurse ready to help.