Infectious Diseases

My preparation ritual includes Sara Bareilles, tears & tissues

It took about 2 hours for my heart rate to return to normal after my interview with Lisa Ling. When I am preparing to do something high stakes, I listen to Sara Bareilles sing Brave over...

State of pandemic: Coping with daily change

The morning of March 4, 2020, was a bit different from my usual workday routine, although it didn’t start off that way. When my alarm sounded at 0500, I said my morning prayers, got...

Proper use of N95 respirators

Follow doffing, re-donning, extended use, and reuse best practices to reduce risks. Hospitals and clinics have experienced severe personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages since the COVID-19 pandemic began, requiring them to be strategic in optimizing...

Amidst COVID-19, virtual reality makes “social distancing” simulation possible

Leadership of the simulation center at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has been investigating how to bring virtual simulation to life for some time. Virtual Simulation and Virtual Reality have a lot of benefits,...

The Relentless School Nurse shares thoughts on COVID-19 with Johnson & Johnson

My goal when I started The Relentless School Nurse blog was to contribute to amplifying the voice of school nursing. With that in mind, I am super excited to share that on Tuesday, September...

Coping with emotional stress

Supporting nurses through unprecedented times. Takeaways: In a survey with 18,000 respondents, 79% of nurses rated themselves at high risk for workplace stress. High nurse burnout rates are linked to decreased job satisfaction, increased turnover,...

Tragedy from a vaccine-preventable disease

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Conflicted in (Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, Michigan … all states with high rates of nonmedical vaccine exemptions) Subject: Immunizations I’m an RN in a large pediatric practice that’s currently...

Half of frontline nurses emotionally overwhelmed by COVID-19

As the United States experiences surges in COVID-19 cases across the country, half of nurses on the frontlines providing patient care and responding to the pandemic feel emotionally overwhelmed. That’s just one finding from...

ANA president testifies on PPE shortage

American Nurses Association (ANA) President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance regarding the strain on the U.S. medical supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic and the...

How an interactive game improved hand hygiene adherence

Gentle peer reminders, incentives, and fun lead to success. Takeaways: Hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of healthcare associated infections but nurse and other healthcare provider adherence with hand hygiene practices...

Care during the pandemic

Nurses share their experiences on the frontline. Nurses who are providing care to COVID-19 patients have found themselves increasingly drawing on their skills, emotional strength, and adaptability in the face of many challenges and uncertainties....

COVID has come to school & our cupboards are bare

I recently spoke to Joel Rose of NPR about the on-going struggle for school nurses to get the necessary PPE. The article and the audio clip are available here: Yep, Masks And Protective Gear Are Still Hard To Get...

Germ-free is the way to be: Smartphone disinfection in hospitals

Nurse-led, evidence-based education fills knowledge gap. Takeaways: All smartphones and other mobile devices are hosts to a variety of bacterial contaminants. A lack of education about smartphone disinfection exists in healthcare. Smartphone disinfection methods...