Elmont healthcare worker named person of distinction


Elmont resident Jacqueline Archer, a healthcare worker who directly treated Covid-19 patients during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, was selected as a person of distinction by the New York State Senate.
Archer, who has Archer has served as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CAN) during the pandemic and for over a decade, currently works at Sun Harbor Manor in Roslyn Heights, a nursing home that specializes in in elderly care and rehabilitation. Archer was selected by Sen. Todd Kaminsky as part of the senate’s annual “Women of Distinction” program.

Archer immigrated to the United States in 1989 from Barbados with a desire for a better life.

"I came to see this country to make a mark and my work has not gone unnoticed,” Archer said about receiving the distinction, according to a statement released by Kaminsky’s office. “I feel extremely privileged and it's truly an honor to be given the Senator's Women of Distinction title not only for myself but for all the other hard-working women on the frontlines.”

In 2012, Archer earned her Nursing Aide Certification and began what has become a decade-long career in healthcare. Archer regards her work as not just a job, but as a way to love and care for others. This is why, after contracting the virus early during the pandemic, Archer returned to work soon after.

Archer directly treated many patients hospitalized with Covid-19, often comforting dying patients who were unable to be visited by family members due to pandemic-related restrictions.

"Our frontline healthcare workers deserve all the recognition in the world and I would like to specifically call attention to the work that Ms. Archer has done in caring for our seniors," Kaminsky said in the statement. "It was my honor to nominate Jacqueline for this important distinction as her work is crucial.”

Courtesy Office of Sen. Kaminsky; Compiled by Robert Traverso