COVID-19 Should I Be Concerned

There is a lot of stress and fear globally regarding the COVID-19 and what we are supposed to be doing to protect ourselves.  The media, friends and family, popular theme parks, businesses including airlines, cruises, and places of attractions, all have something to share about the COVID-19.  This is a household word that gets used in households on a daily basis probably more times than we want it to be.  Should we be concerned? That is an outstanding yes!! Why?  Well, first of all, let’s dissect what is happening, fear ( false evidence appearing real).

There is a lot of things that we are uncertain of and many times people will provide us information that may not be accurate.  They are not telling us to be mean, but they themselves are scared because they do not have all the facts.  Our healthcare professionals are leaning on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization ( WHO) to provide them the latest facts.  I am sure there are doctors who specialize in microbiology ( that famous petri dish that I hated in college) to do a battery of tests on this organism.  They learn something new each day.  There is not a specific cure as the virus has not been here long enough to develop a vaccine against it.  This is what causes the fear of not having a cure, not knowing if you contract it what will happen to you, your family, and your job, not to mention your friends.  So now that we dissected what the real issue here is fear, let’s see if we can put your mind at ease while we let the professionals figure out how to eradicate this virus.

“First of all Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness
that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes
COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during
an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.”

“The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who
are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
through respiratory droplets produced when an infected
person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person
can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has
the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or
possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main
way the virus spreads.”

The symptoms are Fever, Cough, and Shortness of breath.  Pretty common symptoms that can be overlooked for many upper respiratory infections.  These symptoms can manifest themselves at any time in the 2-week window after becoming infected.

The way to protect yourself and others from catching the COVID-19 is to practice washing your hands for 20 seconds with antibacterial soap before eating, after eating, after using the bathroom, after touching your nose, eyes, or mouth.  You should also wash your hands after coming from the grocery store or any other public place that is not your home.  If you do not have access to soap and water right away uses the antibacterial right away.  If you shake hands with someone, do not be afraid to use your antibacterial.  I know people may frown at that and think you are germophobic, but really it is okay if questioned a simple explanation stating that you want to practice good infection control and want to be certain that you do not compromise them or your family is enough stated.

Always wash your hands after preparing food and serving or taking care of others ( no matter age).  Avoid contact with people that are sick and if you feel sick, stay home.  do not try to go to church, restaurants, activities, school, or any public spaces with multiple crowds and pawn it off on allergies. Everyone knows allergies are not contagious so many people who cannot afford to stay home because they do not get paid for being out, tell everyone that they have allergies.  Yes someone may have allergies but until this is verified by a doctor or nurse practitioner, stay home!

Be sure to clean surfaces with antibacterial wipes or household disinfectants as the virus can live on surfaces and if touched it can cause someone to get the virus.  When you come home from the outside, take your shoes off outside clean the bottom of the shoe and do take a shower at night before bed or if possible as soon as you come home from work.

I know this all may sound excessive, but if you follow good infection control, it will help decrease the stress that the media is causing you by playing the news 24/7.  Limit the times that you watch the news so that you are able to function on a day to day basis.  Have a cup of chamomile tea for bed to allow your mind to relax and get rest.  Start your day with something positive such as a daily devotion, prayer, or if you do not do any of the latter, watch a tv show that brings laughter to you.  Listen to the news midday or afternoon, this will give you at least what happened in the evening and the morning and not bombard you.

Sick Woman Cold

 

I hope that this has brought you some comfort.  For specific updated information go directly to one of these sites:

CDC/Center for disease control

WHO/World Health Organization

OSHA/Occupational and Safety Health Administration

As a nurse, I have to practice above and beyond the CDC, WHO, and OSHA rules so that I can protect myself and my patients.  So I understand and get everyone’s concerns right away.

Be blessed and be safe.

 

What is a Nurse Consultant

Nurse consultants are a nurse who identifies problems and develop solutions to them.  Once the problem is identified, then a workable solution can be developed.  Patients and their families can be coached through these problems.

Nurse consultants offer medical education to patients, family, and healthcare professionals.  The nurse consultant can create customized care plans for the patient in order to promote wellness.

Nurse consultants provide and develop new ways to ensure that a patient’s well being and safety are met.  They also provide an insider’s view on medical issues to legal professionals.

If you would like more information on having a nurse consultant for an evaluation of your needs, please contact:

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The Ever Changing Role of Healthcare

In the ever changing world of healthcare,  as new illnesses come along and as managed care gets more involved, nurses and doctors alike will be required to be on top of different ways that they can provide care to patients, DNP’s ( Doctorate of Nurse Practice)  will have to step in and provide expert clinical advice.  With health care costs on the rise, there are new and improved ways to provide care to patients both in and out of the hospitals.  Much of it involves empowering patients and their families to learn more about healthcare.  This will put more responsibility on the nurse to manage the care.  Many people use the emergency room as their primary care doctor.  This is the information that nurses can take to empower patients to have a primary care doctor or go to a less urgent facility like a walk in clinic if it is after hours to allow them to determine severity of their condition.

With the Affordable Care Act, it would be helpful for the DNP to be in an interdisciplinary team, because the nurse cannot possibly function in all the capacities and take care of multiple patients.  Nurses these days coordinate care for patients at home and even in the hospital, so that the different disciplines that need to see the patient, can help them recuperate from their illness or adjust to a new way of life due to a life changing illness.  The eight essential roles for the DNP may be interwoven, however each is a specialty in of itself and that is where the interdisciplinary team can come in to play (Fain, Asselin, & McCurry, 2008).

 

References

Fain, J., Asselin, M., & McCurry, M. (2008, July). The DNP why now. Nursing Management Springhouse, 39(7), 34-37. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.NUMA.0000326565.46790.c0

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