As the COVID pandemic continues to plague us, here are 5 things that you can do to help combat COVID:
Nurses Face Twin Threats of Racism and COVID
If COVID did not pose a big enough threat, CNN interviewed a dozen Black nurses across the UK’s healthcare sector – they had varying degrees of experience (from students to practicing nurses with decades of experience) and worked in different roles and settings (from hospitals to care homes.
CNN found that these nurses “have experienced racism in the workplace — and that it has gotten worse amid the coronavirus outbreak.”
Editor’s note: The theme for this year’s national nurses’ day could not be more appropriate given the current COVID-19 crisis “Nursing the World to Health.” The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is proud that nurses are leading the virtual chat line that we launched to support cardiovascular and particularly patients with atrial fibrillation (Afib).
By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)
The theme for this year’s national nurses’ day could not be more appropriate given the current COVID-19 crisis “Nursing the World to Health.”
In this article published in the February 2018 issue of Hospital News, Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) discusses how nurses can fight the opioid epidemic. Mr. Wong cites resources, such as the PCA Safety Checklist, and harm reduction principles set forth in the Canadian Nurses Association paper, “Harm Reduction & Illicit Substance Use: Implications for Nursing.”
The US and Canada are both battling the opioid epidemic. As Michael Wong, JD (Founder & Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) writes in the article, “How Nurses Can Fight The Opioid Epidemic”:
People can make a difference in patient safety and to improve healthcare. No message could be stronger than in the following articles:
Must Read #1 – For a Healthier Nation, Let’s Look to Nurses!
As founder and executive director PPAHS, when I speak at conferences about the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety support for continuous electronic monitoring of patients receiving opioids, I am often asked two questions:
- Is PPAHS suggesting or recommending that technology replace nurses?
- Why has continuous monitoring been so slow to be adopted by hospitals?
At the International Conference on Opioids (ICOO), which took place in Boston June 5-7, 2016, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) presented a poster on the survey of nurses it conducted. The survey’s objective was to identify:
- Practices and technologies that nurses believe are needed to reduce the occurrence of respiratory compromise and
- Those areas of medical practice that would benefit most from improved intervention.
Three technologies that nurses want will be presented at the ACI Medical Liability conference (October 26-27, 2015).
Preliminary survey results will be presented at the conference. These results are findings of a survey recently conducted by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS). Survey respondents consisted of 73 nurses who are members of the American Hospital Association (AHA). The AHA leads, represents and serves hospitals, health systems and other related organizations that are accountable to the community and committed to health improvement.
Not only is there limited data on the impact of 12-hour shifts on patient outcomes, there is also limited data on their association with nurses’ physical and mental well-being.