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W hat makes a job “important”? The importance or value that we place on an occupation tends to rely on how much it benefits us in a given moment. There are a lot of important, respectable professionals out there who do great work but don’t often get the full recognition they deserve. There are a number of occasions in May that honor a few of these individuals. May 6–12 is National Nurses Week, May 10–16 is National Police Week, and May 17–23 is National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, many of the events to honor individuals in these fields have been canceled. This month, I would like to express my gratitude for these professionals. It may sound strange for me to say that police officers don’t get enough kudos, and it is a highly respected job, but consider this: Unless we need them, we never really want to have a police officer around. If we need the police, we’re certainly grateful when they arrive, but at every other time, we usually wish they were somewhere else. That’s not nearly the level of courtesy someone in such a dangerous position deserves. Speaking of danger, let’s talk about nurses and EMS workers. If you’re experiencing a medical emergency, the skill of the person in the ambulance can really determine whether or not you reach the hospital. Once you’re at the hospital, the skill of your nurses can define your overall experience. However, both occupations often play second fiddle to doctors. This isn’t to undermine doctors or diminish the importance of the work they’ve put into their training, but it is to say that these other professions provide equally important services. Nurses, in particular, deserve so much more recognition than they receive. Doctors can only spend a few minutes with their patients. It’s up to nurses

to provide all the care in between those visits, monitor the patients, and keep things in order. What’s more, they have to do it all with a good bedside manner. And I haven’t even mentioned the risks nurses take in order to take care of sick people. Doctors get all the acclaim, but nurses are the ones who make sure the doctors are able to do their jobs well. Individuals in underappreciated occupations like this remind me of our account managers. They work so hard, but the public rarely recognizes it. Our account managers handle all the daily details so I can do my job. In the insurance field, account managers are the nurses for guys like me. Nurses and account managers play invaluable support roles in their respective industries, but they just don’t get the kudos that doctors or the salespeople get. That leaves it to the rest of us in the industry to make sure their work doesn’t go unappreciated. This month, I encourage you to give thanks to the people in these support roles: police officers, nurses, EMS workers, account managers, and the folks at your company who help make doing your job a little easier.

“Doctors get all the acclaim, but nurses are the ones who make sure the doctors are able to do their jobs well.”

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