Author: Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Moving Forward from the First Wave of COVID-19

It’s 2020, the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale was celebrated recently on May 12. Some are saying the legacy of Flo has become crystal clear as nurses fight against the silent killer, COVID-19. During the Crimean War, Nightingale’s work to save lives lead to the modern-day improvements in infection

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COVID-19 PTSD – Don’t Give Up on Nursing

Front line nurses and those in the behind-the-scenes supporting roles are experiencing many various symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and sharing thoughts on social media that they may not return to nursing once this COVID19 crisis is over. Nurses have become weary from extremely long hours, lack of PPE and people dying after long stressful battles without

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What Roles are Hospice and Home Health Nurses Playing in the COVID-19 Crisis?

While hospital nurses are carrying the largest portion of the burden in caring for COVID19 cases, skilled and non-skilled home health care and hospice nurses are also seeing increasing numbers of cases. These cases are being cared for primarily in private homes as residential care homes, assisted living facilities and skilled nursing homes and rehab

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Self-Care has Probably Never Been More Important for Nurses

With all of the anxiety and stress thrust upon nurses today in the fight against time and the COVID19 virus, self-care has probably never been more important. The massive numbers of positive cases, and those seeking medical care with real or psychosomatic symptoms of COVID19 is overwhelming the health care system obviously unprepared for disaster of this

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How Health Care Illiteracy Impacts Panic and spending in a Health Care Crisis

Staying home saves lives is the theme for this COVID19 pandemic quarantine or self-isolation, social distancing process. The reason is to help stop the spread of the virus and “flatten the curve” also known as that exponentially rising number of cases on a bell curve.  The ever-present challenge to this is people who don’t have

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Tips for Infection Control and Building Immunity to Stave Off Communicable Diseases

The current COVID19 pandemic has spread all over the world and increases each day in exponential numbers. Flattening the curve and stopping the spread is demanding extraordinary measures. Quarantines, stay-at-home orders and social distancing are showing some promise, but 100% compliance is a challenge. These are very stressful times.  Nurses, doctors and all healthcare workers on the

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