No one expected the Year of the Nurse and Midwife to look like this. The World Health Organization declared 2020 the Year of the Nurse long before a pandemic swept the world, thrusting nurses onto the front lines of an unprecedented public health crisis.
Today, nurses are heroes, central to a tireless, overworked workforce leading America through dark days. While nurses have always done the work of caring, healing, innovating and leading, coronavirus is spotlighting this largest segment of the health care work force at its best. Daily stories highlight the courage, strength and wisdom that nurses are displaying at each turn, in this appropriately named Year of the Nurse.
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.
- Social distance, stay at home: Georgia nurses make the point. (video)
- Wear a facemask, so that frontline workers have their own. CDC explains why and how a simple mask made at home helps.
- Volunteer with the Red Cross, including giving blood.
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 Colleges of Nursing
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
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)
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
NLN’s Coronavirus Resource Center includes “NLN Town Hall: Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning,” recorded on March 18. Experts discuss the move to online courses as well as clinical cancelations due to COVID-19.
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.
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)