Day of Mourning

Publish date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020



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On the National Day of Mourning, Manitoba’s nurses join workers across North America in honouring the lives lost and those forever changed due to workplace injuries or illnesses. This year, the Day of Mourning is particularly important for reflection as we collectively flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For decades, nurses have called on employers and government to make workplace safety and health a top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our recommendations hold added significance as nurses are among the most at risk of contracting the virus. As essential workers, many nurses are required to work directly with patients, residents and clients, and require high standards of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety on the job.

The health and safety concerns of COVID-19 are compounded by the existing issues in the system. Every year, thousands of nurses are injured on the job due to violence and inadequate workplace health & safety protections.

On this solemn day, please take a minute to honour all those who have lost their lives in service of others. Across the world, thousands of health care workers have contracted COVID-19, and hundreds have died as a result. As we continue to fight this pandemic, we mourn the dead, and fight for the safety & well-being of the living.




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