Infection Prevention

When nurses see unsafe practices, we speak out and sometimes we resign

I give credit to GA school nurse Amy Westmoreland, who was so concerned over the lack of public health mitigation strategies in her school, she took a stand and resigned from her position. Listen...

High-flow nasal cannulas: Risks and benefits in response to COVID-19

Nurses need to understand the nuances of this therapy. Takeaways Nurses should know the risks, benefits, and controversy surrounding high-flow nasal cannulas in adults with COVID-19. Nurses should be able to implement, monitor, and evaluate...

Coronavirus House Calls: Back to School Edition

Big shout out of appreciation to CBS42 and their 200 affiliates who carried this special episode of Coronavirus House Calls: Back to School. I was honored to be a panelist and answered some very interesting...

What do we learn when the unknown suddenly appears?

When COVID-19 found its way into New York City, the healthcare system’s Achilles heel was exposed. Public health officials scrambled for resources as the pandemic approached. Many media outlets presented unfounded and unverifiable information...

Hot off the press!

Have you ever jumped in the deep end of the pool? That’s how I felt when I was invited to co-edit the latest edition of the School Nursing Certification Review book with Janice Selekman,...

Safety, health, and back-to-school plans in a pandemic with Robin Cogan & A Better...

My heart is full, thank you to @CissyWhite and my friends at @ACEsConnection for inviting me to participate in this important conversation about Health, Safety, and Back-to-School Plans. Parents and students are living with a lot of uncertainty...

It has taken a pandemic to understand the importance of school nurses

After learning about The Woodhull Study Revisited, which revealed the alarming lack of nurses voices as primary sources for health related news stories, I started collecting  news headlines about school nursing.  Unfortunately, they typically included bandaids...

Are e-cigarette users at a higher risk for COVID-19?

The use of e-cigarettes has increasingly grown in popularity amongst the younger population. A study published in Journal of Adolescent Health wanted to find a correlation between youth e-cigarette use and COVID-19 symptoms, testing,...

Mentor Podcast with Dr. Ali Tayyeb

What a treat to have a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Ali Tayyeb, a Twitter friend and nurse colleague! Thank you Ali for an engaging conversation about my nursing journey and how a pandemic has...

Nurses focus on pandemic challenges while looking to the future

The current and ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism dominated discussions at the 2020 American Nurses Association (ANA) Membership Assembly, which was held virtually for the first time. More than 400 representatives...

Engaging in ANA virtual event to support public health

As COVID-19 continues to threaten the health of our nation, nearly 4,000 nurses, students, and other advocates participating in the American Nurses Association’s (ANA’s) Virtual Day of Advocacy used every available strategy to send...

Paying it forward

As a nurse leader in the federal government, LT MeShondra Collins, MSN, RN, CRRN, NEA-BC, manages a 50+ staff nursing team in her civilian role at Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, part of the...

Being prepared and just

ANA calls for reinvesting in public health for all. Every nurse, every person, should care about public health. Yet our society hasn’t treated it as a priority. Public health frequently is one of the...