Iowa's Health Care Workers

March 20, 2020
Iowan of the Week

Madam Speaker,

Each week, I honor an Iowan who has done something outstanding that deserves to be recognized. I started my ‘Iowan of the Week’ because I want to honor our unsung heroes, our everyday Iowans who leave a positive impact on their community not for renown or reward, but because that is who they are. I’ve found parents, teachers, and farmers to celebrate each week.

This week, I ask the House of Representatives to join me in honoring Iowans a little differently. I ask you to join me in honoring all our health care workers.

Our doctors, our nurses, our PAs, our RNs, our medical residents, our hospital administration staff and so many more have gone into work each day, working tirelessly as this outbreak of COVID-19 has spread across this country. They are working extra shifts and additional hours, leaving their families at home. They know they must work to contain this outbreak while taking extra precautions to keep themselves and their families safe.

As schools, small businesses, restaurants, and more close down to minimize the spread, our health care workers know that they will never be shut down. They are our first and last lines of defense against this outbreak, and I know they will see us through it. I’ve spoken with many in the health care field this week, and I’ve heard how they are being asked to cover longer shifts, to conserve medical supplies, and to care for and comfort patients. At a time when many Americans are working from home and engaging in social distancing, our health care workers are doing even more with less.

We must remember that no one is born a superhero. Our health care workers are ordinary people called upon to do extraordinary things. The work they are doing reminds me of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s quote, which goes “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” Our health care workforce is putting the health and wellbeing of their communities first.

Madam Speaker, Iowans are humble – and we rarely brag or boast. So please allow me to boast on their behalf. Our health care workers across Iowa are among the best in the nation, and they are at work protecting the health of our communities. When I speak with our health care workers, they tell me they are “just doing their job,” but that is exactly what makes them special.

I ask the House to join me in honoring Iowa’s health care workers as my Iowans of the Week. I couldn’t be more proud of these men and women for their selfless service during this time.