Doctors for Justice in Long-Term Care, The #ScienceUpFirst movement & The emotional toll on nurses as another dies by suicide

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Published Jan 26, 2021, 4:11 PM

Today, more than 215 of Ontario’s doctors and researchers have come together to form “Doctors for Justice in Long-Term Care’, a province-wide campaign to express doctors’ collective grave concern for the safety and well-being of Ontarians who reside and work in long-term care (LTC) homes. 

ALSO: With no new Pfizer vaccines in Ontario this week, the Ford government is switching up the strategy. Residents in LTC, high-risk retirement homes and First Nation elder care will be prioritized over staff, essential care givers and front-line health care workers. 

The government says it's aiming to vaccinate all residents in these facilities by Feb 5. Officials within the Ford government -- speaking on a not for attribution basis -- say the province is expecting 26,000 doses of Pfizer the week of Feb 1. 

Ford gov't officials said of the 67,000 residents in LTC about 47,000 have received their first dose. 

About 17-18,000 residents remain. 

3,000 have refused the vaccine.

GUEST: Dr. Amit Arya, Palliative Care physician, specializing in long-term care and Co-Founder of Doctors for Justice in Long-Term Care which launches today

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Yesterday, #ScienceUpFirst was launched -  a social media movement developed by a team of independent scientists, health care providers and science communicators to stop the spread of misinformation around COVID-19. Our goal is to put science first and we need your help!

GUEST: Dr. Tara Moriarty, Co-Founder of Science Up First and Associate Professor at the Faculty of both Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Toronto

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The emotional toll on nurses as another dies by suicide.

The severity of the COVID-19 health crisis has placed acute care nurses in dire work environments in which they have had to deal with uncertainty, loss, and death on a constant basis. It is necessary to gain a better understanding of nurses’ experiences to develop interventions supportive of their emotional well-being.

On Sunday, Humber River Hospital announced the unexpected passing of Stefanie Van Nguyen, Occupational Health Nurse on Thursday January 21, 2021. 

Stefanie had been with Humber River Hospital as an Occupational Health Nurse since August 24, 2020. Although Stefanie was a Humber colleague for a short period of time, she embodied the values of our hospital in every interaction she had with colleagues. She left an indelible impression on everyone she met.

GUEST: Dr. Jennifer Lapum, Professor with the School of Nursing at Ryerson University

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