Nurses and healthcare workers – a grateful community thanks you; You are the Champions

Our San Diego nurses spend the greatest amount of time with patients. They draw blood, administer IVs, take samples and provide most of the care prescribed by physicians. And, when medical intervention fails, they’re the ones comforting and caring for the patients and their families. Our nurses serve as members of health-care administration and management teams, evaluating the care given and researching methods of improving it.

And while most San Diegans shelter in place, it is our nurses who, every day, bravely run toward the burning fire that is COVID-19, providing critical care to the most severely afflicted victims of this dreadful pandemic. National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. I urge you to join me in giving praise where it’s long overdue — to all the nurses who ever sacrificed their own well-being to improve someone else’s.

And giving doesn’t have to stop at praise. Scripps Health is collecting donations this week to help expand its nursing programs:  The Red Cross desperately needs volunteers to assist with its COVID-19 efforts, from delivering supplies to helping with blood drives. There are even at-home volunteer opportunities available:

Submitted by Councilmember Barbara Bry, District 1, San Diego City Council; more at

See also the efforts of local restaurants Spit Fire Tacos and Head Lettuce as they feed healthcare workers as well as families in need at

In related news reported by the San Diego Union Tribune, Rock band Queen re-records “We are the Champions” to celebrate and honor first responders. “You are the champions, my friends… And you’ll keep on fighting ‘til the end. You are the champions. You are the champions. No time for losers ‘cause you are the champions of the world.”


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