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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April 1st, 2020

We'll never have an accurate number of cases

I work 2 days/week at a free clinic here in Maine. We are a volunteer model clinic with 4 part-time paid staff people: two nurses (I am one of them) and two clerical staff. On Mar 10, the other nurse started feeling sick with flu-like symptoms. He'd been in NYC from Feb 28-Mar 2. He called out sick from work on Mar 11. His symptoms worsened and he was tested for COVID-19 on Mar 12; test was reported + on Mar 13--confirmed corona virus case #2 (CCC#2) in Maine. Our clinic is in a building run by the city of…

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March 31st, 2020

RN Case Manager

I am discharging people at a rate that is unprecedented, in conditions that are more than limited (lack of staffing in home care, backlogs in DME, virtual PCP follow ups, hospices that are beyond full, and EMS systems that are challenged to provide transport). AND WE ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE to the peak of this. I am stunned that we could be caught so off-guard.

Why are we beholden as professionals to the whims of political leaders. As a scientific community, preaching evidence-based care--how did this happen?

I got my first mask…

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March 29th, 2020

This is comforting...

I really believe these reflections will empower an increasingly diverse group of established and emerging HCPs. By building an online community that is helping people in their actual lives come together to heal the deepest wounds during this tragedy and in our profession. Thanks for the thoughtful, forward-thinking perspectives and visions. Nurses will most certainly be a big part of this crisis.

Tags: Health Care Heroes

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March 28th, 2020

Personal care

Staying "plugged in" so much more with work from home and Telehealth increases my need for connection to nature and three dimensional life. Making time for a 5 minute sun break on the deck, daily walk with the dog, and weekly hikes and biking in the state parks. Easy to socially distance while sharing physical activity in nature. Smiles can be felt from several feet away as I come across others seeking respite from the stress. I come back to the computer revived and ready to resume work. Makes me more positive and a support to colleagues, students and patients.…

Tags: Exhausted

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