Choosing the Nurse Practitioner Path

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

A common thread among the current classes of nursing students is either becoming a bedside nurse or choosing the Nurse Practitioner path. Both of course are exciting careers and offer nurses many options to specialize along the way, or to follow a broader path of general med-surg. Thousands of new nurses are needed each year…

Should Nurses Receive Hazard Pay During COVID-19?

By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, hazard pay is defined as “additional pay for performing hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship. Work duty that causes extreme physical discomfort and distress which is not adequately alleviated by protective devices is deemed to impose a physical hardship.”  In terms of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses and other…

Does COVID-19 Have You Re-Thinking Your Career Trajectory?

By Amanda Ghosh

Nurses accept the risk of being exposed to contagious diseases with the caveat that they will be facing contagions with full PPE. Now that we know PPE may not be available when we need it, some aspiring E.R. and ICU nurses are rethinking their career trajectory. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of lower-risk nursing…

COVID-19 and Nurses’ Roles in Their Own Communities

By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has been both a crisis and an opportunity for nurses, as well as the overarching healthcare and public health infrastructures, global economies, and general social engagement. During such an ongoing global event, no small part of the opportunity that nurses can seize is their ability to be a trusted…

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…

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…

A Healthcare Worker’s Obligation to Treat: Our Cultural History & COVID-19 Dilemmas

By Amanda Ghosh

A Healthcare Worker’s Obligation to Treat: Our Cultural History & COVID-19 Dilemmas PPE shortage. Thoughtlessness. Unprepared medical institutions. Ignored social distancing orders. Should healthcare workers continue to risk their lives to help us? A History of the Healthcare Worker’s Obligation to Treat Patients in the Face of Personal Danger  What was expected of medical professionals…

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…

The Collaborative Spirit in Healthcare

By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC

Collaboration has long been a pillar of the delivery and management of healthcare, and in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, it could not be more crucial as we struggle to get ahead of this chaotic and perplexing virus. Despite the specialized silos that many of us often find ourselves involuntarily squeezed into, the fact…