Infection Prevention

Wording of vaccination messaging influences behavior

Washington State University researchers conducted an experiment that studied how differences in messages influenced participants’ attitudes about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Nearly 200 participants between the ages of 18 and 29 were studied. Different...

Emotional rollercoaster of providing COVID-19 care

The COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for a variety of emotions, including fear, anxiety, anger, sadness, despair, and grief. But as a member of a nurse educator team for three pop-up “surge” ICUs, I feel...

Survey: Nurses fear going to work due to lack of protection from virus

The American Nurses Association (ANA) released new findings from a survey of more than 32,000 nurses nationwide who are on the frontlines of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The results echo concerns about the...

ANA Enterprise works to support the mental health, well-being, and resilience of nurses

With each passing day of the global pandemic, it’s apparent that nurses caring for patients with COVID-19, along with those providing daily care under strained circumstances, need as much mental health and well-being support...

Ethics and personal safety on the frontlines of COVID-19

To: Ethics Inbox    From: Concerned ED nurse Subject: Becoming ill with COVID-19 I’m an emergency department (ED) nurse and worry about becoming critically ill from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Despite years of pandemic anticipation and months...

Supporting staff during the COVID-19 pandemic: A case report

A New Jersey hospital develops and implements a program to care for nurses. Takeaways: The leadership team at a community hospital in New Jersey, a state with the nation’s second largest number of COVID-19 cases,...

ANA launches expanded COVID-19 Resource Center

To enhance member support, the American Nurses Association (ANA) recently expanded the COVID-19 Resource Center, a digital resource that gathers information from trusted sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and...

Being on the front lines: The need for mental health PPE

Nurses are experiencing psychological burdens of care. Daily headlines, community-wide applause, and military flyovers honor the physicians, nurses, and first responders on the front lines of the war on COVID-19. The wonderful stories and...

Dental abscess: Early recognition for a positive outcome

Nurses have an important role to play in identifying and managing dental infections. Takeaways: Dental abscesses are common dental emergencies. Dental abscesses may result in sepsis. Dietary sugars are the primary contributor to dental caries. More...

First pandemic and second thoughts

“Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.” — Victor Frankl Excited about landing my first job as a nurse (AT), I texted a friend of mine about it. Immediately, I was praised for...

Nurses on the front lines during pandemics

An annotated bibliography. Editor’s note: This article has undergone peer review. Key Points Infectious disease outbreaks are an emerging global threat. Nurses are one of the most invaluable assets during any infectious disease outbreak. Nurses in...

Make treatment accessible for opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the current pandemic Americans are dealing with a complete or near complete disruption of everyday life. It is the same for persons with opioid use disorder (OUD), but they are far from the...

ANA advocates to protect nurses and prevent COVID-19’s spread

Protecting nurses caring for patients and preventing the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in healthcare facilities and the community continue to be the top priorities for the American Nurses Association (ANA). At press time,...