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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...

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...

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...

You are witnessing the death of expertise

Planning for school reopening seems insurmountable, yet, those who are involved in the details continue efforts to keep our students and staff safe. It feels like we are writing plans in the sand, with...

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...

Mindfulness for medication safety

Break the cycle of rushing and multitasking. Takeaways: Patients experience an average of one medication error per day. Many medication errors are related to human factors, including rushing, multitasking, and running on autopilot. Mindfulness strategies...

Year of the Nurse

The world recognizes our crucial role. We’re now 7 months into the Year of the Nurse, the worldwide initiative designed to honor and recognize the significant contributions nurses make every day. And although most “celebratory”...

Stroke: Act FAST

Quick action ensures timely therapy. Takeaways: The FAST acronym (Face, Arm, Speech, Time to call 911) are critical to recognizing signs of stroke and ensuring quick treatment. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) stroke scale,...

Frequently asked questions about palliative care

Nurses can serve as leaders as they help patients and families through a difficult time. Takeaways: All nurses must be competent in providing palliative and end-of-life care. Nursing advocacy includes being able to recognize symptoms...