AMSN Response & Resources to COVID-19

Like most of you, the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses is carefully monitoring and watching the cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world and the response to the spread of this virus.

The novel coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China and has since made its way around the world. As of 3/5/2020, according to the Center for Disease Control, there are 99 confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States across 13 states, with 10 deaths. Globally, according to the World Health Organization, there are 95,333 confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19, across 86 countries, with 3,282 deaths. On March 5th, the WHO announced that among the reported cases, the death rate was 3.4%.

While we do not want to encourage panic, AMSN believes in preparedness when facing this new disease.

In particular, AMSN is deeply alarmed to read reports about hospitals inadequately prepared to protect nurses and other healthcare workers caring for coronavirus patients or who may be exposed due to outbreaks in cities, including Washington and California.

AMSN believes our nurses deserve to know their hospital/employer's plans for handling COVID-19 as it continues to spread throughout our communities, and our nurses deserve to work in a safe and healthy workplace. This includes adequate access to protective equipment to protect nurses, and their families, from this virus, and sufficient training to use that protective equipment.

  • ASK: Ask your manager and/or administration what the plan is for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.
  • ENCOURAGE: Encourage and maintain proper handwashing technique in your unit
  • UTILIZE: Utilize resources from the CDC, Johns Hopkins, the WHO, and nursing associations around the world—and continue to check for new resources as more information becomes available
  • CHECK IN: Check in with your colleagues and staff about their mental health, stress, and the psychological toll that the coronavirus, preparedness, and information may be taking on them

In particular, we'd like to highlight EPI-WIN, a tool from the WHO designed to promote trusted information channels. They have a section for healthcare workers, which includes an online course for infection prevention:

The CDC also has a section specifically for healthcare providers with guidelines and information.

As AMSN continues to assess next steps to support its member nurses, we are here for you as you continue to do your jobs, take excellent care of your patients, strive for the highest levels of professional performance, and attain the next levels of professional education.

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