For Next Time
For next time, and there will be a next time, I would like to see nurses in the leadership role of the preparation and response. For every patient that has a physician at the bedside, there are more nurses to carry out the orders, monitor the vitals, give the meds, notify the physician of changes in condition. We know this. Our knowledge of the art and science of caring is specialized and distinct. Why are we underrepresented in the planning and preparation for the response, both at a national level and on our state and local levels too? I see physicians and physicians only speaking in an advisory role representing direct care whenever the WH task force or the Governor of California or the Governor of New York speak.
How can we find our way into these conversations ?