Ebene Magazine – « A Bright Light »: Ontario Nurse Dies of COVID-19

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Jackie Dunham
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TORONTO –
An Ontario nurse who has worked in an acute care unit in the greater Toronto area for the past 13 years has died of COVID-19, according to her nursing association.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (WeRPN) said they were « deeply saddened. » to hear of the nurse’s death.

« This RPN [Registered Practical Nurse] was a passionate nurse who made it her business to do everything possible to ensure the best possible care. » read the statement.

« She has been described by colleagues as a bright light that left a lasting impression on everyone she worked with. »

Dianne Martin, the executive director of WeRPN, told CTV News that she doesn’t know the nurse personally, but her colleagues described her as a wonderful, compassionate nurse who cared very much for her patients, but also who was so loving and protective of her their own care team. “????

But I hope that the organization she worked for as well as the provincial government provide all of this information to us so that we know where we need improvement and what are the risks for nurses? She said.

Martin said this was the second nurse death the association was aware of during the pandemic. She said another nurse died of suicide.

The CEO asked Canadians to stay home and take precautions to protect the frontline health workers.

« There is so much you can do to prevent such a tragedy from happening, » she said. « It’s not over yet … we’re still in danger. »

This file photo shows health care workers comforting each other at Birchmount Hospital in Toronto on Monday, June 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Chris Young

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