As the coronavirus pandemic stretches deep into a second year, nurses continue to serve on the front lines, treating and caring for increasingly sick, increasingly young victims of the virus.
Nurses have been tested, and the nurse workforce is stretched to its limits. But help may be on the way. The number of people entering nursing schools in 2020 surged, with more than 250,000 students enrolled in baccalaureate RN programs, training to join the ranks of the profession.
Our debt to the nurses who have served during this public health crisis, often at the expense of their families and their health, can never be repaid.
HOW TO HELP:
We have compiled ways people can help, stay safe, express gratitude and support nurses and other health care providers. If you have a resource or idea you want to share, please send it to us.
Follow the CDC guidelines for wearing a good mask, washing your hands and maintaining social distance, even if you are vaccinated. New COVID variants are more aggressive and dangerous.
Donate blood, as the Red Cross says there remains a critical shortage. You can also find volunteer opportunities through United Way, Feeding America, and other organizations.
The situation is changing rapidly and the Campaign will be continuously updating this page with additional news and resources. Please note that this is for informational purposes and is not an exhaustive list. Do you know of something else we should add? Let us know.
- Updated information on a page dedicated to COVID-19.
- Experts address the public during AARP’s weekly live Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Halls on Thursdays at 1 ET.
- Connect2Affect, spearheaded by AARP Foundation, hopes to create a network of resources that meets the needs of anyone who is isolated or lonely, and that helps build the social connections older adults need to thrive.
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
- AACN Position Statement: Moral Distress in Times of Crisis
- AACN Position Statement: Ethical Triage and End-of-Life Care
- Stress, Resilience and COVID-19
- Facing Moral Distress During the COVID-19 Crisis
- Shifting Ethics in a Crisis: Responding to COVID-19
- Storytelling Project with DearWorld.org
- Lack of PPE Poses Clear and Present Danger to Nurses and the Nation
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
“What COVID-19 Needs Are You Seeing in Your Community?” survey creates a network of resources that meets the needs of anyone who is isolated or lonely, and that helps build the social connections older adults need to thrive.
AJN Off the Charts
The collection of COVID-19 posts from blog of the American Journal of Nursing https://ajnoffthecharts.com/ajns-covid-19-posts-regularly-updated/
American Nurses Association
- General information about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- COVID-19 Survey Responses: Find Out What 32,000 Nurses Want You to Know About Treating COVID-19
American Organization for Nursing Leadership
Leading Through Crisis: A Resource Compendium for Nurse Leaders
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- For health care professionals: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/index.html
- General information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
- FAQ’s for Clinicians: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/faq.html
- Social media toolkit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/social-media-toolkit.html
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Partner Toolkit
Materials for various communities and populations, including faith-based; rural; and the general public:
National Academy of Medicine
The National Academy of Medicine’s Clinician Well-Being Collaborative compiled a list of strategies and resources to support the health and well-being of nurses and all clinicians providing health care.
National Association of School NursesNational Association of School Nurses COVID-19 resource page: https://www.nasn.org/nasn/nasn-resources/practice-topics/covid19
National Black Nurses Association
“COVID-19 Pandemic: Are Disadvantaged Communities at Higher Risk?” (podcast)
NBNA COVID-19 Primer: Coronavirus: A Primer for Communities of Color (PDF)
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
NCSBN updates its COVID-19 information webpage regularly with special provider licensing circumstances that arise or may arise from state or federal emergency declarations.
National League for Nursing
- Coronavirus Resource Center
- Taking Aim Webinar Series
- Virtual Resources on COVID-19
- Stories from the Frontlines
- Tips and Advice for Protecting Yourselves, Your Students, and Your Program
Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
OADN’s COVID-19 resources includes virtual simulation and distance learning resources, and a call to action urging nursing programs to donate personal protective equipment to community health care facilities.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s resource page provides blog posts, briefs, as well as other resources from the field.
Sigma Theta Tau International
- Sustainability and Outcomes of a Suicide Prevention Program for Nurses
- Clinician Mental Health and Well-Being During Global Healthcare Crises: Evidence Learned From Prior Epidemics for COVID-19 Pandemic
Springer Publishing Company Connect
Empowerment Strategies for Nurses – Chapter 11: Maintaining Your Resilience
World Health Organization
NURSES IN THE MEDIA:
Nurses are making the rounds in the media, sharing with the public what is going on in the hospitals and best practices, especially handwashing. Here are a few of the stories:
Alisa Haushalter: In the forefront of a pandemic storm (April 12, 2020 Daily Memphian)
Ochsner nurse anesthetist contracts coronavirus, heals, and charges back to the front lines(April 10, 2020 Nola.com)
Meet Fran Phillips, Maryland’s deputy health secretary, ‘the nurse who tells you what’s really going on’ (April 9, 2020 The Baltimore Sun)
Bronx Assemblywoman returns to nursing on frontlines of coronavirus battle (April 7, 2020 New York Post)
- An I.C.U Nurse’s Coronavirus Diary (April 3, 2020 The New York Times)