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A viral collision

Reinforce vital practices to keep each other safe. The COVID-19 pandemic is on a collision course with the cold and flu season. This means nurses...

Facing the challenge of masked communication

“Can you hear me now?” was the byline of a popular TV ad in the early 2000s for a cell phone company, promising excellent...

A measure of last resort: Homemade respirator masks in a pandemic

Nurses design and test masks to advance innovation during a time of need. Editor’s note: Commercially manufactured single-use respirator masks are standard of care. Homemade...

The COVID-19 pandemic: Rethinking your nursing career

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the world on every level imaginable, and nurses’ lives and careers are not immune. Nurses may find themselves on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...