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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August 16th, 2020

Re-Opening in Wyoming

I'm a public health trained school nurse who practices health education, prevention and promotion. Even with imperfect knowledge and fully understanding that science is inherently self-correcting, it is my obligation to know most everything about this unusual disease of COVID-19 as I would hand, foot and mouth, strep throat, diabetes, etc. I am a small part of an entire team of caring, dedicated professionals whose business it is to keep school children healthy and safe and learning every day.

It is undisputed this virus is extraordinary in its capability to transmit explosively. The case count went…

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August 16th, 2020

No preparation

We was never prepared, in spite of preparing. We need to always be sure from this year on that we realize what can happen in these pandemics and not be so lax to think it won't happen here (USA). So much I can say, it all boils to ill preparation. Lack of ability to test initially.. no PPE, no guidelines... Daily, sometimes hourly changes- no clear guidance..

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July 25th, 2020

RN, BSN, CEN

What I've found the most striking in what I've learned is that there are political motivations. The number of patients that I don't see, the lack of actually critically ill due to covid doesn't match the hype. I have been somewhat confused and silenced when asking what this means?

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July 22nd, 2020

Nation Reliant on HCW to Take on Enormous Personal Burden - Beware the Future of Nursing

What I most want policy makers, health care administrators, and my bosses to understand is the untenable nature of the immense personal burden that we are relying on healthcare workers, including nurses, to take in the absence of resources, infrastructure, policies, and support. We consistently lack: adequate PPE, adequate staff, adequate mental health resources, adequate risk management resources including alternate options for housing or childcare, adequate testing for the community and for HCW with sufficiently fast turnaround time, adequate screening for employees/visitors, adequate safety measures/infection control practices at work, adequate policies for keeping sick or potentially sick HCW at home…

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July 9th, 2020

Still Issues With PPE

Hi Everyone,

I apologize it has been a while since I last checked in. I wanted to share what I have been able to gather through colleagues, and personal experience. It is now July 9, 2020. From accounts in various healthcare and public health settings, PPE supply remains a challenge. I have spent the last 3 days, trying to obtain either real N-95's or purchase a 3M Respirator, that is plastic, reusable and relies on filters or cartridges to protect me. I can not find any of this equipment anywhere i have looked. I contacted 3M…

Tags: never again is too late, PPE

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