Rosanne Robin is a Registered Nurse who works at the hospital and for home care in Nipawin, and is currently working at the drive-through testing centre in Saskatoon, as well as one of the Saskatoon COVID-19 Testing and Assessment sites.
As a private person, when I heard the SHA was wanting to hear stories from workers, I thought "why would I ever do that?" I rarely post on social media about my (35 years/21 areas) career as a Registered Nurse. Yet, when I was going on a break and picked up my phone, I saw my sister had texted me to see what I was doing, so I sent her a picture of myself. I realized after I sent it that I looked rather tired; it was not a flattering picture, not as nice as the one I actually did post a week before.
I said I was a little worried that the drive-through testing center in Saskatoon was quieter than usual, and wondered if people were not wanting to get tested because, if they're positive, that would affect their Christmas plans even more? It was concerning to me.
Later, thinking of my day, I realized I was also sad because I talked to/tested a family who were worried about an older relative, who had tested positive and was in hospital. They were also scared for themselves as they didn't quite understand what close contact meant, and needed advice and support.
I was concerned about the tired and ill mom who had tested positive 10 days before, and had to bring her children in, who were asymptomatic, but said her doctor told her to have them tested. Again, support and information was offered.
I was frustrated about the person who says they had been sick and was still going to work, but on this day felt worse and decided to stay home and get tested. They said they did not know they should have been home the entire time, been tested earlier, and that they should have called for more advice. Information poured out of me! I was concerned about the number of people being tested because they want to go visit family members over Christmas….like a negative result is a free pass?!
My role as I see it is not just to be a tester but to also educate and try to lift some spirits. So not only do I try and review the information that we provide them from the SHA, I also encourage them to "please follow the SHA and public health's advice, not Dr. Google nor Facebook." I usually get a chuckle from that. I try to ease their concerns and in this current season, have wished them a Merry Christmas.
I have always believed that knowledge is power. The pandemic is real, the illnesses (and sometimes long term effects) are real, the deaths are real, and everyone should still be concerned, regardless of a vaccine coming. I am so proud of the health care teams I work with. I “retired” one year ago, yet I'm lucky as an RN to still be able to work, on my own terms, and feel honored and humbled to be able to assist during this scary time. Even if my face in this fight does look a little worried and worn.