Sumary of COVID-19 anti-vaxx protests causing ‘moral injury’ to hospital workers:
- Emergency room nurse Jaime Gallaher recalls the emotional toll of a verbal attack she recently faced from a woman at a grocery store after another gruelling workday.
- “I was still red-eyed from crying from the past two hours and she just swore at me,” Gallaher said following protests outside Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.
- ”Experts are raising concern over “moral injury” among health-care workers suddenly targeted after several provinces brought in vaccine passports.
- Gallaher said she had spent two extra hours at work to avoid protesters on the same day last week when other hospitals in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada were grappling with rallies.
- hospital Gallaher said while protesters are entitled to their opinions, the demonstration could be heard in the ER and was a “slap in the face.
- Story continues below Gallaher said nurses who try and care for themselves by booking massage or physiotherapy appointments have been turned away because they have been in contact with COVID-19 patients.
- Elizabeth Peter, a nursing professor at the University of Toronto, said nurses on the front lines of the pandemic are suffering from “moral injury,” a term also used by the Ontario Hospital Association after several protests outside hospitals in the province.
- The anger of many health-care professionals has turned to moral outrage at this point in the pandemic, Peter said.