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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...

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...

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...

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...

Supporting nurses when patients die during a disaster: What leaders can do

Our communities are under unprecedented stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonessential personnel are isolated and quarantined at home. Some people may have to drop off an extremely ill family member to a hospital’s emergency...

Shout out and murmurs in the Year of the Nurse

“This morning I forage into the Purveyor’s Store… no mops, no plates, no wooden trays, no slippers, … no basins, no towelling, no chloride of lime.” — Florence Nightingale, 1854 (Letter to the Secretary...

Post-pandemic clinical nursing education: The value of academic-practice partnerships

On March 26, 2020, a group of major nursing organizations in the United States endorsed a policy brief to encourage academic-practice partnerships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The brief noted that these models can be...
nurse teamwork at work

Strategies for improving the nurse work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic

I will never forget the first time I called a code blue for a patient under my direct care as a critical care nurse in an adult medical-surgical ICU over a decade ago. I remember...
nursing teamwork

Promoting patient safety in interprofessional teams

Across the United States and around the world, interprofessional healthcare teams with nurses at their center have stepped up and banded together to tackle one of the biggest crises modern society has ever faced—the...
nurses clapping

If you’re grateful and you know it clap your hands!

It starts with a distant sound of palms smacking together, then joined by more doing the same, leading to an undeniable crescendo of applause. Thrown into the mix are hooting, honking, whistling, and clanging...
mental health nurse

Too much work and not enough time: Suggestions for the harried professional

Nurses are typically busy people, and the COVID-19 pandemic has added to our burdens. In many cases, we are home schooling children, and our significant others may be laid off from work, which creates...