Published March 18, 2020
In the March 17, 2020 issue of Kaiser Health News, Barbara Feder Ostrov, Senior Correspondent for California Healthline, published an article titled In Face of Coronavirus, Many Hospitals Cancel On-Site Training for Nursing and Med Students. With many hospitals and nursing homes across the country moving to protect students and patients in response to COVID-19, many nurse educators worry that the pathway of new nurses could be slowed at a time when they may be needed most. Some physicians in training have also seen their clinical rotations canceled, which may delay their time to graduation.
On March 11, 2020, The Lancet
published new findings from a team of Chinese researchers titled Clinical Course and Risk Factors for Mortality of Adult Inpatients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: A Retrospective Cohort Study
. This new study is the first time researchers have examined risk factors associated with severe disease and death from COVID-19 in hospitalized adults who have either died or been discharged from a hospital. The authors also found that the median duration of viral shedding was 20 days in survivors (ranging from 8 to 37 days).
Nurse in Hard-Hit Italy has Warning for Americans: 'Stay Home'
"It's super contagious. It's a new virus and we have no immunity to it. Ten to 15% of patients will need to be hospitalized and there are not enough beds in the ICU to handle this volume all at once. The hospitals become completely overwhelmed and stressed," says Tanya Castagna, a Baltimore native and nurse in Italy. Read this article and hear from this RN working in one of the hardest hit countries, and her advice for Americans related to containing COVID-19.
Students Organize Their Own Aid Networks
As campus closures due to the Coronavirus strain low-income students, undergrads at some universities have started large "mutual aid" networks and fundraisers to defray costs. Read this article and share ways to #FlattenTheCurve and stop the spread of COVID-19 on social media.
A special edition of Washington Weekly will be released tomorrow, March 19.
Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators
To support the information needs of nursing school deans, faculty, students, and other stakeholders, AACN has developed this resource center to highlight key information sources about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) found on the web. This section will be updated weekly to include details about new informational events and webinars, the latest news from the CDC, educational events and webinars, and work underway at our nation's nursing schools to raise awareness on prevention and preparedness efforts.
Share Your Resources
Schools wishing to suggest resources and links to be added to this section are encouraged to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org