The COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) pandemic has impacted nurses and nursing students across the globe. In our nation, drastic changes in protection protocols, delivery of care and education have taken place to help maneuver the massive changes. To help flatten the curve and ensure progress, learning has become digital and many organizations have began offering free products for nursing education. Below we’ve compiled trusted resources ! Rather you’re a nurse crossing over into critical care seeking training materials or a student who has been displaced- there is something for you. Check out our resources below.
Unbound Medicine’s Nursing Central Guide
Unbound Medicine has put together a Nursing Central – Special Edition – free for students and faculty on their app. Nursing Central provides readers comprehensive COVID-19 info along with a “nursing disaster” guide that helps nurses develop the knowledge and skills needed to efficiently & effectively respond to disaster. This guide prepares nurses for a range of scenarios including pandemic and even tornados or mass shootings.
National Nurse Association’s Guidelines
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges and universities have moved coursework online using distance education. Many programs have discontinued in-person clinical experiences and healthcare agencies have barred students. At a time when newly licensed nurses are critically needed, academic institutions, healthcare facilities, federal and state governments, and state boards of nursing must consider new approaches to support student nurses completion of their education and entry into the workforce. The National Student Nurse Association has developed a must read set of guides for student nurses.
American Nurse Association Webinar Series
Register for this first webinar in ANA’s three-part COVID-19 webinar series and you will automatically be registered for the next two webinars. This on-demand webinar focuses on the current PPE guidelines for supply optimization and how to maintain personnel safety. Future webinars will deal with other critical COVID-19 topics and address critical questions heard from nurses on the front-lines. Register now and receive access to this online, on-demand webinar series and view it anytime, anywhere. This webinar is free of charge.
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses E-Learning Course
To date, the most serious reported symptoms from COVID-19 are pulmonary complications. “COVID-19 Pulmonary, ARDS and Ventilator Resources” quickly provides learners with the knowledge and resources to provide essential care to ICU patients with coronavirus. To support nurses who need to cross train to care for patients with COVID-19, AACN is making this eLearning course available for all nurses, at no charge.
IntelyCare is an intelligent workforce management solution for post-acute healthcare facilities; however, now they’ve stepped up to the plate to assist in the training of nurses for COVID-19. Intelycare is offering a free COVID-19 Training Course for all nursing professionals. Upon completion, each participant will receive one contact hour, along with a personalized certification on COVID-19 best practices and safety.
CDCs Covid-19 Guidlines
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has compiled a very useful set of guidelines on how everyone can help in the fight against the novel Coronavirus disease. By employing and implementing everyday safeguards we can all play our parts in helping flatten the curve and lower infection.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed.
- The virus is thought to spread person-to-person and between people who are in close contact with each other (about 6 feet).
- Be cognizant of the symptoms of COVID -19. See the CDCs symptoms list here.
- If you do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Clean & disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Click here to get the CDCs Complete Disinfection Guide.
You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Click here to get the CDCs guide to Cloth Face Covers.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick and Stay home as much as possible.pdf iconexternal icon Put distance between yourself and other people.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
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The Nurse Link for Death-in-Service Compensation for US Nurse, Doctors & Healthcare Workers -Sign the Petition
Countless nurses on the frontline have been infected and several have died in service due to the lack of PPE, below standard working conditions and impossible patient surges. With such dire conditions, a resounding fear amongst providers has been their own mortality and the financial impact their death would have on their families - amid many other concerns. This fear has kept some away from the frontline and is a large stressor for those who are working tirelessly to flatten the curve. Lets have their back like they have ours.
Thank You to Nurses Around the Globe!
In light of the novel coronavirus outbreak, The Nurse Link would like to thank all nurses and healthcare providers at the bedside and on the front line. We are equally grateful for nursing students, new grad and soon to be new grad nurses who have volunteered to assist in this time of crisis. Your commitment to the field gives us hope and a fighting chance. This pandemic has and will continue to require a collaborative effort of healthcare workers amidst challenging factors and ever-changing protocol.