Healthcare and Social Awareness: Safety Pin Solidarity
Jessica B. Schwartz PT, DPT, CSCS
New York, NY November 8, 2016, Election Night, changed the world as we know it. This forum isn’t to comment on if that change was for the better or worse. This is a safe space to comment on how this change effects us ALL in healthcare.
For those of us who work in healthcare, law enforcement, or education, our jobs are to care for the ones we took an oath for to “do no harm” and keep people safe in an unbiased form. I’ll choose to wear a safety pin for solidarity for the people of my generation who are living in fear for the first time in our lives- LGBTQ, minorities, women and anyone else who feels threatened or unsafe.
I hope this image resonates with you and your patients to live a kinder and more thoughtful day. In the meantime, tolerate nothing but kindness and love for one another.
I couldn’t agree more, Jessica. Disease and illness know no boundaries with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, or orientation. As healthcare providers, our job is to treat ALL patients with respect and expertise. We must make them feel safe taking our advice and comfortable with their interactions with us. It is the right thing to do for all people.