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A COVID-19 story

There was little information about COVID-19 when the pandemic began, but one important piece of information we did have was that the virus was not causing children to become critically ill. This particular fact...

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...

COVID-19: A second-year nursing student perspective

March 11, 2020. The day during spring break that sparked a great amount of confusion and fear among the University of Pittsburgh student nurse population. In other words, the day the University of Pittsburgh...

Using COVID-19 stimulus funds to invest in a skilled nursing workforce

The United States (US) currently faces a multitude of unknowns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Who are essential workers to handle infection surges? What steps do we take to save lives? How long will the...

Separated by glass at a COVID-19 drive-through testing station

As a car, truck, or minivan pulls into the COVID-19 testing tent, you become a part of someone’s COVID story. These patients show a lifetime of emotions. Although separated by glass, you see gestures of...

Finally getting to the table?

Nurses have won the hearts and minds of the American public for their acts of true heroism, unbounded compassion, and expert skill during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the 18th year in a row, nurses...

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,...

Virtual nursing school: A senior student’s perspective

When I began nursing school, I pictured my senior practicum in an emergency department, not as a virtual simulation. Much like myself, many nursing students across the country have lost clinical placements or clinical...

Will virtual clinical learning during a pandemic affect patient safety?

Clinical experience plays an integral role in promoting patient safety and is one of the core requirements of every nursing program. Clinical experience helps prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students develop the...

We Are Nurses!

School nurse Jenna Palmisano posted this YouTube video to comfort her students and other children who may be confused or fearful of personal protective equipment (PPE). Jenna was gracious enough to share her innovative...

I was never meant to be a nurse at six feet apart

In my almost 40 years of experience as a registered nurse, I could never have imagined nurses encouraged and required to care for our patients and their families in the way that is being...