Today wasn’t such as successful passing our #PPE in Fall River, MA. It was raining and we still held the event. When supporting a cause you believe in and it can save a person from catching COVID-19, that is all that matters. 1199SEIU is dedicated to saving healthcare workers lives. Part of our Leadership team agreed to get together for the next six weeks on Friday’s to make sure our members are equipped to better serve the people we care for. Below is me and the team passing our Gloves, face mask and checking in on them. Lisa is our Union Organizer, and me of course, Arlene, Marcus and Mary at Bi-Centennial park in Fall River, MA. Next Friday we will be in Taunton, MA, Then Plymouth, MA the following week and Attleboro, MA the week after. #coronavirus #workfromhome #healthcare #jobsearch
Good Evening Community!
As this day comes to an end and a Special One comes to light, it is with many thoughts and blessings I write tonight. So many events are taking place all over the world on this Saturday Evening. I will start out by wishing each everyone of you Happy Easter. May your Easter be filled with many blessings and hope of a better tomorrow. From my family to yours may your Easter be filled with Faith, Joy and Happiness. This past Friday as one knows, was Good Friday? In a religion prospective, this is the beginning of a three day holiday. Our Lord Jesus Christ died for all our sins, for all to have everlasting life? With that said I will continue on to pray for all the people who lost their life to the Covid-19 virus. My heart goes out to the ones who have passed and the their family members. My God protect you, guide you during your time of loss. Now to our community, as the days ahead continue our life’s and country will never be the same? We as Americans has lived through two major events in our life time. The first being September 11th. This was a day that changed my life forever so I thought? During 9/11 I was in New York, City the time of the bombings. Celebrating with my wife the night before at the Michael Jackson come back tour. A night of partying, drinking and a beautiful experience so I thought? It was 7:30 AM on 9/11. As my wife at the time and I always did we went to a bodega for breakfast. We we right next to ground zero at the time. We arrived at the bodega at 8:15 AM. My wife and I were sitting down eating when the ground shook. Not knowing what was happening and continuing to pay my bill. Dan Rather was on TV, an Emergency News Alert! America is under Attack was the last words I remember? My wife and I dashed out heading to back to our hotel. The Marriott Marquis in Time Square, so we thought? Before we new it Police, Fire Emergency personal we’re surrounding us all over? Close to Ground Zero as we were watching the second plane crash into the second tower. For the next five days struck in New York was things words can never explain? Our country changed forever. Fast forward to today’s events. Covid-19! As a supervisor in the medical field once again never expecting something like this to happen. Remember we were just coming to grips with the Drug Epidemic as one know’s is still in effect. My co-workers and me just adapting to it finally slowing down and Covid-19 hits. Once again our country is being attacked? This time by a virus we knew was coming and lack preparation for it? I can remember back in December just before the holidays hearing about it and like other’s, didn’t pay attention to it? January, a New Year began and hoping for a better year to come. Praying for less deaths and more togetherness, I hoped for a better year to come after a more than a year of watching drug addiction take over our country and many people passing do to it? As a Death Companion I am use to seeing people pass, it is my job? But this time is different? People who are passing are all alone? No family members, no Death Companion by their side? The Nurse’s, Doctor’s CNA’s, Nurse Assistant’s filling these these rolls. To watch the staff and my coworkers agree to FaceTime and use other popular web based sites to call a loved one’s family for that last word? It is truly amazing to watch this take place. During the times we face today, making the choice to be separated from our families to serve the need of this Heath Crisis is understatement of what we face. The fact that we in he Healthcare have to fight for #PPE, Personal Protection Equipment is Real. It is not only happening in Massachusetts but all over the world. Therefore, tonight I will ask you all to support us in the healthcare field to bring it to light? #coronavirus #healthcare #jobsearch #application
Are you not happy with your current job? Are you looking to change careers? Now is the time to think about starting a Healthcare Career. Are you looking for flexibility in your work schedule? With the COVID-19 in full gear the Healthcare Industry Needs People Today. Why I changed careers? It was in March of 2007 at 5:02 AM. I was shot 6 times due to a Home Invasion. After 6 months in the hospital, I was released to my home. With no plan on who was going to help me get out of bed, eat, use the bathroom. There I was at home stuck in bed and making call after call looking for help. As I recovered from my wounds, each day I wondered how many other people were dealing with the same thing I was dealing with? I started to research and found a new chapter in my life. I went into the healthcare field and glad I did. You can too! With the COVID-19 taking place many positions are available to start today. *The Big Question! Is it safe to work in the hospital or nursing home? Yes! Each facility offers #ppe and more. Most Hospitals and Nursing Homes have a policy that states. If you feel for any reason your health is at risk, you can refuse an assignment. Each state offers Home Health Aides also known as Personal Care Attendants. This is a state run program based on each states laws and regulations. If you are a personal who cares about other’s this is a job for you. What are the rewards. The best reward is allowing a person who is Disabled or Sick to remain in their home rather than be in the hospital. If you are looking to better your future? It offers paid college tuition, training and much more. Why not start a new career in the Healthcare Industry Today?
Have you received a Job Offer and Not sure if it is safe to return to work?
As a person who deals with this subject on a daily basis it’s not an easy choice. I can only speak for myself. Each morning knowing what it is i am facing, I show up. This is a choice not everyone can make. Lately, I noticed more co-workers are choosing not to show up. From my perception this is what I feel and think about it. I accepted the position for the amount of money they agreed to pay. I believe in staying safe and it isn’t easy to do? Walking the halls of a hospital can be scary at times. Seeing patients Lined up waiting to be checked for COVID-19. Not to mention the rude remarks you hear are called for whatever reason? First it is fighting with obtaining our #PPE, next being called from one place to the other, to a co-worker having a melt down? The medical field is not an easy job by no means. On top of it, you have to worry about bringing or catching the COVID-19 yourself? These are just few things that happen when I start of a day, Then the demands keep building up! Please keep in mind the medical staff are doing the best they can. Again speaking for myself it can cause a person to loose momentum from the start. I love what I do but it has been challenging for me. Sometimes, I say to myself am I really making a difference in my life? As you know the COVID-19 Epidemic has seen an upsurge in numbers and by the looks of it, it’s not slowing down anytime soon? Is it really hard to wear a face mask? Some say No others say Yes! Let me share a story with you that I witnessed in the hospital this past week. A family had a graduation gathering for their son. A party of 15 people were invited, 24 showed up and most wore a mask for the most part. Someone in the group was positive for COVID-19. Out of the 7 people who kept their mask on tested Negative, the remaining who took their mask off or didn’t wear one tested positive. 4 are in the hospital. Shocked by what I heard and disappointed how it could have been avoided? That is the results of not wearing a mask or wearing on? Sometimes we allow a moment to affect the outcome of a situation that could have been avoided? I will never know? While they were being treated another 50 plus are waiting. Being called unfit, lazy, are just a few comments while dealing with the patients. Then you see a child crying in pain, a parent comforted him while another is asking does any work around here? Nurses ready to cry, CNA’s running from one room to another. This one needs hot water, another needs a shower. I can’t find my remote to the TV? Light are on the bells are ringing and you hear code blue in room ... In the meantime no break, no time for a quick drink of water. And it’s off to the next patient. Doctors are run down, some haven’t had but 3 hours sleep. But yet they continue to treat the patients. HouseKeepers, boy they deserve praise! One call after another this one vomited please clean it? Five spills over their and did you clean all the rooms? You are running behind? No mention of a break or how’s your day? How’s the family? What family I only saw them for two hours the past two days? No time for a simple smile! This is just another day!