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Remember the 5 W’s – For now, it’s all we have

We have to ask ourselves, is it safe for school buildings to open this fall? We don’t have a clear answer.  Nevertheless, schools appear to be fearfully moving forward to welcome students back for...

We shall remember

On July 29, 2020, the New York Times reported that at least 150,909 people have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. since the pandemic gained a foothold in mid-March. There is another ongoing count...

Nursing our vacations: Will things ever be the same?

It all started with a single uncovered sneeze by a dining room crewmember on my 2016 post-doctoral dream cruise. After witnessing him inoculate the formerly tempting and beautifully-stocked salad bar, I silently walked out...

Two new COVID-19 vaccines show promising results

With the COVID-19 pandemic still prevalent around the world, scientists are working tirelessly to develop a vaccine. Two vaccines have recently made headlines for their promising results. “One of the vaccines is being produced by...

COVID-19 messaging

Many nurses have now been on the shifting frontlines of the COVID-19 response for five months, following the virus from hotspot to hotspot. I have gained a true respect and appreciation for the tenacity...

How to manage COVID-19-related emotional distress

Today, there are over 15 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 624,000 deaths worldwide. In the U.S., the country with the most cases, there have been almost 4 million confirmed cases and more than 143,000 deaths—numbers which,...

Strokes related to COVID-19 are found to be more severe

COVID-19 patients who suffer from an acute ischemic stroke (AIS) are likely to experience more severe, even deadly, strokes than AIS patients who do not have COVID-19. Research published in Stroke journal analyzed the data...

Communication and transformational leadership during a crisis

Leaders are called on to set an example and influence staff. Under normal circumstances this can be challenging. Imagine arriving at work one morning to learn patients suspected to have a novel virus no...

Celebrating nurses

January 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States hard, marked the start of the World Health Organization’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. A year to celebrate the work of nurses...

I’m just going to say it: It feels like we’re playing Russian roulette with...

Apoorva Mandavilli, a journalist from the New York Times, graciously interviewed me about what reopening of schools looks like in the midst of a pandemic. The conversation happened in the context of this past week...

Keeping prelicensure BSN students abreast of COVID-19 disease management

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the delivery of nursing classes and changed the clinical requirements that boards of nursing set for each state. These changes can have an impact on patient safety and clinical...

Should nurses receive hazard pay?

That was the question I posted online and in only two hours 3,900 nurses from all over the country responded.*  A reporter had asked for my opinion, and I was seeking their input. Of...

Why wear face masks? Explaining COVID-19 to children

Elementary school nurse, Anne Young, created a series of videos for her students and parents to help reduce the stress and disruption of COVID-19. Nurse Young’s Corner is a delightful collection of informative videos...