Every year the nation observes Nurses’ Week from May 6 to 12. It’s a time to acknowledge the many contributions that nurses make and thank them for enhancing health care — and the lives of their patients.
In 2020, Nurses’ Week has taken on a deeper meaning as we find ourselves in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The news has been filled with images of nurses who have been wearing uncomfortable masks while working extended shifts to take care of patients. But there is more taking place within the walls of our health care facilities.
- Throughout our health system, nurses can be found supporting their coworkers by stepping up whenever and wherever help is needed.
- Behind the scenes, nurse educators have been working continuously for months to ensure that the nurses and other health care workers who are directly caring for patients have up-to-date information about COVID-19 and have been trained on new processes and equipment — all to make sure that they can safely deliver the best possible care.
- Midwives and nurses who work in labor and delivery units continue to help women have safe and joyful birth experiences despite COVID-19.
- Medical records are incredibly important, and nursing informatics professionals ensure that critical information about patients with COVID-19 is highly visible to caregivers, so they can quickly provide the most appropriate care.
- Nurses in skilled nursing facilities and hospitals are helping families stay connected. If a patient is not able to have a loved one with them because of COVID-19 precautions, nurses are there to offer their time, friendship and compassion so that patients don’t feel alone.
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