Frontline Nurses

What have you learned from the frontlines of fighting the coronavirus that you most want policy makers, health care administrators and your bosses to know? If you were in charge, what is the first thing you would change to ensure we never go through this again?

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July 2nd, 2020

RN MSN MS

I am currently on maternity leave, but was working on a surgical trauma ICU. I am most concerned with the lack of communication between nurses and management as well as the economics of the hospital as a business. With hospitals generally run by administrators that have no front line experience there is little respect and voice that nurses have. The nurses in administrative roles are faced with adhering to metrics and analysis of PPE equipment use and the like without advocating for the well being of staff nurses. A previous hospital I used to work on punished nurses for using…

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July 1st, 2020

RN, MSN, Pt. Safety Specialist

Do not forget those who are vicariously traumatized.

Mandate de-stressing and debriefing sessions for all HCWs with a minimum number of contact hours per month as part of license renewal. Time in session should be compensated by employer. (OSHA has various requirements for similar situations that mandate employer responsibilities when employee is exposed to known hazards and this pandemic should be considered an known hazard)

Tags: coping

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July 1st, 2020

Hospice team making an impact in an Acute Care hospital

We are an inpatient hospice located in northern New Jersey and our highly trained staff provides care for patients at end of life. When the Covid crisis began we worried about the health and well-being of our staff and residents. All of our nurses were deployed to assist in care for patients at the hospital . Our team was stressed but we all showed up. The nurses, home health aids, and team members worked MedSurg units, quickly getting up to speed on the procedures at the hospital and patient care protocols. The hospice team wanted to make a meaningful impact.…

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July 1st, 2020

Walk in our shoes

I appreciate that many people including our hospital administrators are terrified of contracting Covid, but all of them need to walk at least a few hours in our daily lives.

Perhaps they would see the awfulness of our daily lives better and offer more support and be better advocates.

I’d like to believe that everyone is doing their best, but ignoring problems is not doing our best.

I work in a facility where it feels like most leadership especially senior leadership are ghosts. We are short-staffed, we reuse…

Tags: PPE, Scared, Supplies

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June 28th, 2020

Daily changes, modifications inconsistent with Best Practices

In the beginning, the daunting daily changes were maddening as administrators would ask a group of nurses to research best practices.

We did well at keeping up but realized the short cuts were being instituted.

The disregard for our safety felt demeaning and disrespectful and the standard answer became, “it’s not us, it’s COVID.”

Safe practices with floats being given “preceptorship training” with no didactic. When we explained the safety of our patients was at risk, they gave NOEP Modules to them.

A group of…

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