COVID-19 Resources for Nurses and Nursing Students

adult education, write, knowledgeThis post provides information about COVID-19 resources of interest to nurses and nursing students. While the information is geared toward the nursing profession, it will also be valuable for non-nurses reading this post! 

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Lifelong Learning is a Critical Nursing Competency

One of the recommendations about the future of nursing from the Institute of Medicine (IOM, 2011) was to emphasize the importance of nurses to be continually learning – that is, to believe in and act as lifelong learners. Recommendation 6 from the IOM report states: Ensure that Nurses Engage in Lifelong Learning (IOM, 2011, p. 282).

No individual can know all there is to know [emphasis added] about providing safe and effective care … nor can a single initial degree provide a nurse with all she or he will need to know over an entire career [emphasis added]. Creating an expectation and culture of lifelong learning for nurses is therefore essential. (IOM, 2011, p. 202)

We can’t rely on what we learned in nursing school to take care of all of the possible patients we will ever see. We always will need MORE education. Nurses tend to take continuing education (CE) courses in an intermittent and random manner and the effect of CE on professional competency has not really been demonstrated. Therefore, a “new” emphasis is on the idea of “continuing competence” instead (IOM, 2011, p. 202). Continuing competence is the idea that learning is dynamic and fluid so that “all health professionals engage effectively in a process [emphasis added] of lifelong learning aimed squarely at improving patient care and population health” (IOM, 2010, para. 7).

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly brought our need for information about this novel coronavirus to the forefront, nursing, and medical knowledge, has always been dynamic – the complexity of care, technology, and the evidence for best practices are always changing. So, to maintain our desire to keep up-to-date with the changes taking place every day, we need to be vigilant about seeking out credible information that we can use to promote health, prevent disease, care for those who are ill, and comfort those at end-of-life. This post is aimed at giving you links to some of the nursing-specific sources you can use for credible, evidence-based information. 

COVID-19 Resources Specific to Nursing

In the last weeks, I’ve read a lot of information and watched a number of webinars about COVID-19 that I know will be of value to the readers of this website. I’ve talked about the international, federal, and state resources for COVID-19 information in one of my recent posts. For the most current, up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the government’s response, please go to the CDC website. There are many credible evidence-based sources, of course, but here are some of my go-to sites for relevant nursing information related to COVID-19 and its effect on our lives. 

American Nurses Association (ANA)

In this Year of the Nurse 2020, nurses are celebrated for the work we do on behalf of patients and public health. The motto is Excel, Lead, Innovate. The American Nurses Association leads every day and has a COVID-19 Resource Center that you should visit for information and to register for a free webinar series. I watched the first webinar, Be Confident: Protecting Yourself & Providing the Best Care to Your Patients During This COVID-19 Pandemic, and it was very good. Once you register, they will send you emails with the links to the next webinar. 

Additionally, there are many ethical questions that nurses have about their own health and safety as well as legal and professional issues of providing care in high-risk situations. The ANA has an informative document titled: Nurses, Ethics and the Response to the COVID–19 Pandemic that all nurses and nursing students will find helpful. Click on the title to be linked to the document. 

Health Nurse, Healthy Nation

I’ve written about the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation initiative from the ANA in the past. Their latest newsletter outlined many resources for coping during the COVID-19 crisis, including a variety of webinars and courses you can take to help with the resulting stress and anxiety. Here are a few of the highlighted resources:

  • The Ohio State University:
    • Go to the Health and Wellness page by Dr. Bernadette Melynk (the internationally-nurse leader known for her work and textbooks on Evidence-Based Practice) for helpful resources HERE. 
    • Stay Well & Calm in the Midst of the COVID-19 Storm is an 8-week on-line series available to the public. You can register at https://u.osu.edu/keepcalmcovid19/
  • The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) shares resources on how to manage stress & self-care during COVID-19 here
  • Yale University is sponsoring a free “happiness” course, The Science of Well Being, to help you cultivate healthy practices and routines. 

If you sign up to become a member on the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation website – completely free, by the way, – you can get a free one-year subscription to Headspace, a meditation app. “Headspace is an evidence-backed meditation and mindfulness app that is proven to positively impact health professionals’ personal and professional lives” (Headspace, 2020).

American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine

A collaboration by the American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine, Responding to COVID-19: A Science-Based Approach is a webinar series to keep you informed. The first two webinars are all about the science of social distancing. The goal of this series is to

provide trustworthy scientific analysis of the latest COVID-19 developments for the benefit of policymakers, public health and health care officials, and the general public. The series will explore the scientific basis for guidance issued by government, health and public health organizations, and industry, as well as answer questions that are top of mind for its audiences.

Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing

I became aware of the website, Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing when I attended a very informative webinar through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) by Dr. Roberta Lavin and Dr. Joanne Langan.  

Dr. Lavin runs the website whose purpose, as listed on their About page, is “to help nurses prepare for and respond to disasters and public health emergencies.” This site has a ton of excellent resources — links to videos, tutorials, written and audio materials related to disaster nursing in general and to COVID-19 in specific. The materials related to COVID-19 can be found at https://disasternursing.org/coronavirus-resources/.

Sigma (AKA Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing)

Of course, the International Nursing Honor Society also provides resources to help nurses through this time. Sigma is hosting a series of free webinars with content taught by experts in communication and debriefing, ethics, and more. If you are not a member, you can still register to take the webinars and free courses they are offering to all nurses. 

Your Nursing Specialty Organization

If you belong to a nursing specialty organization, you will probably also find that your organization has created a webpage for COVID-19 resources. I’ve belonged to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN [West]) ever since I started my practice in a cardiovascular recovery room/ICU – a long time ago! AACN offers content, courses, and other resources for acute and critical care nurses about how to keep safe and care for patients during this crisis. See also: COVID-19: Top 5 AACN Clinical Education Resources for You from AACN.

Here are a few other specialty organizations with COVID-19 resources:

The Emergency Nurses Association: COVID-19 Information; ENA Statement on Emergency Nurse Protection During COVID-19 Pandemic; Clinical Management of Critically Ill Adults with Coronavirus Disease 2019; Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Emergency Care Setting

iaclea_covid-19_banner_v2.pngInfectious Diseases Society of America: COVID-19: Resource Center; Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines on the Treatment and Management of Patients with COVID-19

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC): Coronavirus General Information; APIC PPE Do’s and Dont’s Infographics (For Staff Education)

National Association of School Nurses: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Resources

For Faculty: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN [East])

If you are a nursing faculty member with an individual or institutional membership through your university, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing also maintains a webpage for updates and resources regarding COVID-19. One of their resources is a special COVID-19 Webinar series that is of interest to nurse educators. 

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Keep Yourself Safe and Healthy!

To take care of others, you need to take care of yourself! Please take care of yourself during this uncertain time in our country and the world.

I have several posts on personal health and wellness topics – use the search box at the top of the page to find posts in this area. 

Please avail yourself of the many websites and apps available for relaxation, mindfulness, and personal health and wellness. Remember that if you join the ANA’s Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation website that I talked about above, besides great information, you can register for a free 1-year subscription to the Headspace app! 

 

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Institute of Medicine. (2010). Redesigning continuing education in the health professions [Summary]. The National Academies Press. https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.libproxy.uccs.edu/books/NBK219801/

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