A time to appreciate nurses
What can I say for Nurse Appreciation Week (May 6-12)? I could write a book about all the reasons I have admiration and respect for nurses.
In my med school days, it was the nurses who often treated us inexperienced students with kindness and shared their experience and knowledge with us. In contrast, many of the hospital house officers and attending physicians too often acted more like bullies than mentors.
During my many years of practice, it was the hospital nurses who not only took care of our patients but were literally our eyes and ears during the long days and nights. While we physicians spent a short time going over the patients’ charts and examining them, it was the nurses who filled us in on what was happening during the major part of the day when we were elsewhere.
Reading the nurses’ clinical notes helps a quick understanding not only of the patients’ vital signs but the nurses’ assessments, which aid in diagnosis and treatment.
Nurses suffered a heavy toll from COVID-19, with numerous ones needing hospitalization and too many dying.
Nurses always will be the health care providers who have my highest degree of respect. Thank you.
Dr. Allen Malnak, M.D., Bonita Springs
LGBTQ+ ideals about accepting people
I have been outspoken about the need for the Lee County School Board to maintain its policies offering our LGBTQ+ students inclusivity and acceptance.
Others have disagreed, making the issue about bathrooms. This position is fueled by fear. Our students have no issue with allowing other students who identify as other than their birth gender to use the bathroom according to their gender identification. It’s the adults who have injected fear and anxiety into the system.
We need to be clear that inclusive policies are not about bathrooms. It’s all about respecting the inherent worth, dignity and acceptance of all of our students, no matter their gender identity. Surely, we all want our students in their formative years to feel welcomed, cared for and celebrated.
Not only is this the right thing to do, it’s the legal thing to do, according to federal anti-discrimination laws. But do we need the threat of legalities to treat people with dignity and respect? Is our community that far gone that we can’t step forward and protect what is moral and right, to band together and circle the protecting wagons around our youngest?
The Rev. CJ McGregor, Fort Myers
Commission wrong to end mask order
Collier County commissioners never fail to disappoint. Despite an increase of COVID-19 infections, plus the new variants, hospitalizations and even death in Collier County, the commissioners once again proved their lack of understanding of science and facts by lifting the mask mandate.
(Consequently) it is now an uphill battle to reason with people who refuse to wear masks. It is more difficult to urge them to wear a mask to protect not just themselves but establishments’ employees and county residents in general.
I have only one functioning lung, but I am able to wear a mask covering my nose and mouth with no breathing difficulty. In fact, when I go inside a store, I wear a double mask. I wear only one mask when I do my daily walks.
I want this pandemic to end, but with so many anti-maskers and the County Commission’s ill-advised decision, it will take us longer. The commissioners’ decision will further burden our medical personnel and hospitals. If you do not believe me, read the daily reported new infections cases and the daily reported deaths for several days, not just one day.
Erika Ferrari-Chumbley, North Naples
GOP has practiced ‘cancel culture’ too
In a time when reality has all but killed irony, here’s one that’s just too rich to ignore: The American right has now trained its favorite emotional stance — wounded, righteous indignation — on a new target: “cancel culture.”
Well, doggone it, they’re right — correct too — this time. “Cancel culture” is a bad thing. A person does not automatically become irrelevant or repugnant for disagreeing with me or falling short of perfection at one time or another, and the same can be said of ideas and ideological stances.
Still, the irony. If the American right did not invent “cancel culture,” it sure perfected it over the course of my lifetime. The Klan canceled black men by hanging them from trees for daring to look at white women. Former U.S. Sen. Joe McCarthy derailed the careers of dozens of people, without evidence or due process, for daring to think “unconventional thoughts.”
These days some previously marginalized and silenced folks are getting to do a little “canceling” of their own, and the right is frothing at the mouth. I’m with them. “Cancel culture” is just a new name for bullying. Somehow, though, my friends on the right have missed that last part.
Geremy Spampinato, East Naples