Perspectives

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...

Enhancing the obstetrical patient’s experience during COVID-19

In a busy New York City hospital obstetrical unit, I felt I was standing at the shoreline awaiting the COVID-19 tidal wave to come crashing down, grabbing our healthcare team by the ankles, pulling...

How might COVID-19 impact the future of nursing?

The world is facing a challenging 2020, topped by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses and other healthcare team members have been given the daily task of learning how to cope with the unknown. We...

Let’s call her Carol

It was my first year as a nurse in a suburban Intensive Care unit. I worked the night shift and had an elderly female patient that was very ill with cancer, I don’t remember...

The eyes of the world are on nurses

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Nurses Association and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecast the retirement of more than half a million registered nurses by 2022. They make up just a small...

The silent benefits of COVID-19 through the eyes of an OB nurse

COVID-19 has brought a halt to our normal routines. Vulnerable people are encouraged to stay home. Essential workers are required to report to work as usual. Elective surgeries and procedures came to a stop...

Nursing home care in the COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 has the potential to spread quickly in a nursing home because of its vulnerable population. We need to focus our attention to this unique setting or the pandemic will continue to wreak havoc....

The value of grit and resilience during a global pandemic

COVID-19 has changed the landscape of the healthcare industry. In fact, it has warped an already intense environment and made for one that breeds higher levels of stress and anxiety than ever before. Do...

Let’s hear it for the boys

To say that 2020 has been noteworthy so far would be an understatement. Globally, COVID-19 has rewritten what it means for humans to interact socially with one another safely. As a result, nursing school...

My cancer journey

I’m a nurse. I’m not supposed to be a patient. I’m not supposed to get cancer. I have too much to do to add cancer and its treatment to my life. I don’t want...

Emotional rollercoaster of providing COVID-19 care

The COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for a variety of emotions, including fear, anxiety, anger, sadness, despair, and grief. But as a member of a nurse educator team for three pop-up “surge” ICUs, I feel...

Online meeting etiquette: Mind your manners

As nurses navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, many are attending meetings, whether in the hospital or from the home setting, via video conferencing software such as Zoom and GoToMeeting. Online meetings with friends and family...