Life at Work

Being prepared and just

ANA calls for reinvesting in public health for all. Every nurse, every person, should care about public health. Yet our society hasn’t treated it as a priority. Public health frequently is one of 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...

On being human during crisis

When we show vulnerability it does not mean we lack resilience – it means we are human. Typically, leaders in nursing pride themselves for being strong, ever knowing, and above all, crisis experts. But...

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing

Insights, instincts, and a few gut feelings. The pandemic has quickly changed our world, our profession, and our vision for the future. While we were celebrating holidays in December 2019, the first reports of a...

How to address racial injustice in the workplace and community

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Concerned RN Subject: I want to make a difference I am a white frontline nurse in a medium-sized, full-service hospital. I am profoundly moved by the injustices I see occurring to...

Willie Manzano: From NYC’s COVID-19 response to a brighter future

The first patient with the new coronavirus arrived at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in March, the earliest in a wave of people suffering from the confounding, world-changing virus. As New York emerged as an epicenter of the...

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...

Health and happiness depend on each other

New research published in Psychological Science provides new evidence to the claim that a happy outlook can have an impact on your physical health. The study, conducted by researchers from Georgetown University, the University of...

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...

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,...

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...