Editorial by the Nursing Tri-Council, an alliance between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and the National League for Nursing
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented pain, grief, and destruction to the health and well-being of our nation’s citizens and economy. So far four million cases have been confirmed in the U.S., with more than 150,000 deaths. Nurses and physicians, plus the hospitals and other health care settings where they work, have been stretched to their limits.
Annually, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) celebrates CNS Week during the first week of September. We do this in honor of Dr. Hildegard Peplau, Ed.D., RN (1909 – 1999), who established the CNS role.September 1st is her birthday.If she were alive today, she would be 111-years-old.The CNS role has been in existence for 64 years with nearly 90,000 CNSs currently practicing in the United States.
Click here to wish Dr. Peplau a Happy Birthday and maybe leave a few words on what the CNS role means to you.
NACNS uses the association’s Research Agenda to determine topics of interestfor its 2021 annual conference. Those interested in submitting an abstract for consideration will be asked to select a topic and address the theme of the conference, The Resurgence of the CNS in their abstracts.
Recently, the US passed a mile marker in its struggle with COVID-19: 100,000 lives lost. A tragedy. During this time, nurses across the nation have faced significant challenges and stress with constant reminders of the fragility and preciousness of human life. In addition, different events occurred over the last few weeks that raise new challenges. Recent senseless deaths illustrate the inequity caused by racism, and like COVID-19, its disproportionate impact on African Americans.
Clinical Nurse Specialists are committed to practicing with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and personal attributes of every person, without prejudice. This is the first provision in the Code of Ethics for Nurses. Let’s live up to the words of our own provision and commit to social justice in words and deeds.
“Horrifying” is how Judy Dusek DNP, M.Ed., APRN-CNS, CMSRN, ACNS-BC and NACNS board member describes her bout with COVID-19.
Just recently recovered, Dusek agreed to share her personal experience as one of the “90%” of COVID-19 sufferers we don’t hear about in the news. Dusek oversees eight units responsible for staff development, onboarding, education and being hands-on with the nurses at bedside for Ascension Via Christi, the largest provider of health care services throughout Wichita and central Kansas.
Here’s what she had to say from a nurse’s perspective on the impact of COVID-19 on the body.
The “how” of destressing is somewhat easy for many to understand. It is the putting into practice of stress-reducing techniques that is usually the most difficult part to master. Today, during the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing and eliminating stress has never been more important for the nursing community.
Few understand this better than Dr. Brenda Lyon, who has close to 40 years of experience in helping clients effectively deal with stress and stress-related physical illness. She is the author of the newly released #1 book Haven’t You Suffered Enough? Clinically Proven Methods To Conquer Stress. According to Dr. Lyon, it takes time to master the skills to conquer stress but the resulting benefits at work and home are enormous and life-changing.