Moving Forward from the First Wave of COVID-19

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

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…

How the Nurse Licensure Compact Helps in a Pandemic

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

During any disaster or pandemic, the center or hot spots will focus the need for nurses and other health care workers and first responders. In the current COVID19 pandemic, New York became an epicenter quickly and nurses were called to come and assist. Over the past 3 months, other hot spots have developed, and nurses…

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

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

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…

What Will Life Be Like After the COVID-19?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

It’s impossible to watch the daily news without seeing two themes. One is the ever-changing latest news about the coronavirus aka COVID19, and the other is about when we’ll all “get back to normal.” The virus has consumed our lives and is likely to continue to do so for many more moths until there’s a cure…

Nurses Month is coming – It’s Time to Celebrate Nurses

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

In this Year of the Nurse and Midwife May has been designated Nurses Month this year instead of the usual Nurses Week from May 6-12. This is to honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale who was born May 12, 1820 in Florence, Italy. The COVID-19 virus has certainly created a unique situation and…

Self-Care has Probably Never Been More Important for Nurses

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

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…

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

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

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…