Home Contributors

Contributors

True magic

This year in nursing school I have had to perform many magic tricks to cope and survive. The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has given me a new outlook on life. During quarantine, my...

Sense of injustice

A sense of injustice is essential to the survival of the human race. Current events re-enforce the sense that some behavior breeches the social contract that professionals have with those in their charge. The...

A practical guide for managing a specimen point of collection site for COVID-19

During this unprecedented time in history, nurses are taking on new roles and responsibilities. One role that nurses in outpatient settings are taking on is working at specimen point of collection (SPOC) sites. These...

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...

The power of small acts of kindness

I was at a gas station when an elderly woman asked me if I could help her because she made an “oopsie”. In an attempt to refill her windshield washer fluid, she had managed...

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...

Finding a job can be challenging for newly graduated nurses

Most people in the United States interested in the nursing field have heard of the nursing shortage, with much emphasis placed on predictions of a severe shortage in the near future. For many newly...

COVID-19 pronouncement team

Villa Marie Claire is an inpatient residential hospice facility that is part of Holy Name Medical Center. The Villa is located in northern New Jersey, and our highly trained staff provides care for patients...

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...

Your eyes

I can only see your eyes. You can only see my eyes. I try to hear your voice over the hum of the makeshift respiratory isolation room you are in. You try to hear...

Nurses need to heal: Addressing COVID-19 related burnout

From inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to caring for sicker patients, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the United States healthcare system in an unprecedented way. Under normal circumstances, nursing and physician burnout affects up...