Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Make a donation to the AMSN Emergency Grant for Member Nurses during the COVID-19 crisis.

The AMSN Board of Directors has approved a $25,000 Emergency Grant to members who have been affected by COVID-19. Each grant will have a value of $500. The grant is intended to help members cover the cost of extended dependent care, time out of work without pay due to contracting COVID-19, Lost pay due to downstaffing, and other expenses related to the impact of COVID-19 on med-surg nurses and their families. Grantees must be members of AMSN for at least a year. To apply, click here to log in or set up an account.

Are you hiring contingent nurses? Are you in need of education or resources during COVID-19?  Download the AMSN Staffing Toolkit today. It includes an online Self-Assessment Survey tool to use for new hires or contingent nurses,  a Crises Staffing Model, and a Medical-Surgical Nursing Pocket Reference. Free during COVID-19 crisis.

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As the world faces the crisis caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the virus’s spread in the United States and around the world causes shutdowns, closings, and economic upheaval, we know that you and your colleagues are on the frontlines. And we know the monumental task you face.

AMSN is here for you.

We’ll continue to work with you to assist in any way we can. We are doing our best to limit communications at this time to only what is essential, while also ensuring you do not need to worry about your membership or certification.

You may also visit our Facebook page (@medsurgnurses) where where AMSN/MSNCB CEO Terri Hinkley recently posted a video address (below) to the community.

For now, we have highlighted below some important information to note, that may help you during this time. This page and the contents below are updated often, so check back for important information.


AMSN RECORDED WEBINAR

Recorded April 9, 2020 - Coping Through the Crisis: An Introduction to EFT for Bedside Nurses. In this webinar, you will learn how to use the emotional freedom technique (EFT), or tapping, an evidence-based complementary therapy that has been shown to decrease cortisol levels, treat PTSD, and allow individuals to manage stress and anxiety. View the recording.


MEMBERSHIP

MEMBERSHIP ASSISTANCE: Membership@amsn.org

We are extending grace periods for memberships so everyone has access to AMSN’s member resources, including AMSN publications and the Hub, AMSN’s online community. On the HUB, you can connect with other nurses facing these exact challenges all over the country and across the globe.

We are monitoring local, state, and federal guidance as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. As things change, we’ll continue to post news items and resources on our website, social media outlets, and on the Hub.


CERTIFICATION CANDIDATES - Important Update

CERTIFICATION ASSISTANCE: MSNCB@msncb.org

As the global impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold, MSNCB testing partner, Prometric, suspended testing at all test centers in the United States and Canada until April 30, 2020. The CMSRN exam resumes May 1, 2020 at test centers. MSNCB is also offering remote proctored exams as a testing option for the next few months.

MSNCB will extend testing windows for all test candidates affected by test center closures if your CMSRN exam appointment to test was between March 17 – June 16, 2020. Candidates will be notified by email with their new 90-day window and scheduling link. It’s important to check the spam/junk folder for these emails. If you do not receive this email by May 18, 2020, please email us directly.


LEGISLATIVE ACTION

ADVOCACY ASSISTANCE: Advocacy@amsn.org

COVID-19 is changing all our lives and work. To support our patients and our safety while providing care, our medical-surgical nursing voices are needed now in our national and state capitals. Please contact your federal and state legislators today, and tell them to prioritize COVID-19 testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and funding for childcare so we can all care for our patients and protect our safety.


RESOURCES

APPAREL

Barco Uniforms
Barco is donating scrubs to hospitals.

CDC: COCA CALLS / WEBINARS

During COCA Calls/Webinars, subject matter experts present key emergency preparedness and response topics, followed by meaningful Q&A with participants.

Each COCA Call/Webinar will offer the most up to date information and guidance for clinicians. Calls are recorded and available for viewing with slides.

Available for viewing on the COCA Website.

ON THE FRONTLINES

PPE SAFETY & PRESERVING MASKS

CHILDCARE AND FAMILY SUPPORT

3 Months of Free, Premium Access for Frontline Workers
Care.com is providing three months of free, premium access to our site to support your important service to the community at this difficult time.

  • Access the largest online site for care
  • Find help for your children, parents & pets
  • Unlimited messaging with caregivers
  • Free for 3 Months

Read more

FACE SHIELDS

NJ Company Disc Makers Now Using Their Manufacturing Equipment to Make Face Shields
In response to COVID-19 crisis, the company is using their CD making machines to make face shields. Read the full story.

For more information, please have your health care organization procurement officer contact: faceshields@discmakers.com.

HOTEL / HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS

Courtyard Hotel - Downtown Reno, NV
Cuurrently listing a $69/night rate for medical professionals. In the link below will take nurses to the actual booking rate of $69. Nurses also can call the hotel directly and ask for the Traveling Nurses rate. Visit us!


Sonesta Hotels Discount for Health Care Professionals & First Responders
Now through June 30, 2020 we are offering Healthcare Professionals and First Responders courtesy rates starting at $59 per night. We recognize the need for a place that is safe, clean and comfortable – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also understand the need for the convenience our hotels provide with locations near hospitals and medical centers.

We place the utmost importance on the health and safety of our guests and employees. In line with our core values, we pay special attention to the guidance from the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and state and local health officials. As a result, we have proactively augmented our pre-existing high standards for cleanliness and sanitation by adopting a host of precautionary measures across all Sonesta Hotels. Please know we are committed to doing all that we can to see that you have a safe and successful stay with us. Visit us!


Marriott Community Caregiver Program
Marriott's Community Caregiver Program offers medical workers and support staff special rates at select Marriott hotels as a way to stay close to the hospitals and government buildings where they are assisting with COVID-19 response efforts. Read more.

MEALS / FOOD

Special Offer for AMSN Members from The Fruit Guys
The FruitGuys are partnering with hospitals, food banks, and other organizations across the country to supply healthy fresh fruit and snacks to those on the frontlines of this pandemic. We're offering 30% off sitewide exclusive to AMSN members. Visit and use code: AMSN30.

Sunbasket Discount for Members
AMSN members and CMSRN certificants received a discount to Sunbasket, a healthy meal delivery service. Check your email, including your spam, to take advantage of this great offer. Can't find it in your email or spam? Email AMSN@amsn.org to get the information and discount code!

UBER EATS - FREE meals for health care workers
If you are an individual healthcare worker, please cc: in your department head or hospital administrator so that we can service your institution more broadly. Email the following to Social-impact-Support@uber.com.

If you are an administrator or department head, please provide the following information:

  1. City
  2. Healthcare institution name
  3. Requestor’s name and position
  4. Official email address
  5. How many free meals are you requesting (one promo code per person will be provided; use team size as a guide on number of meals)?

Here are some details around the program for free meals for health workers:

  • Uber Eats is providing free meals via promo codes valued at $25 (not including taxes and service fees).
  • The promo code is limited to one per user so that we can ensure we are being as impactful as possible and supporting as many healthcare professionals as we can.
  • The POC requesting this donated meal is responsible for distributing these codes to your colleagues in a secure manner (e.g. via email).

MENTAL HEALTH / WELL-BEING / SELF-CARE

ANNA has created an evidence-based Mental Health and Well-being Resource page.
It is freely accessible and will updated as new resources and tools become available. Visit resources.

Emotional Support Group
NurseGroups.org, a non-profit initiative formed specifically to support the emotional resilience of nurses on the frontlines of COVID-19, offers free, confidential, videoconference groups ,where nurses can connect with other nurses and process their COVID-19 experiences together.

Fitness Blender
Free online workouts.

Headspace
The meditation app and sleep app is free right now with your NPI number and email.

National Academy of Medicine Strategies for Well-Being During COVID-19
In the face of the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying global public health emergency, we want you to know the National Academy of Medicine’s Clinician Well-Being Collaborative is giving its attention to this issue. We remain wholly committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout by advancing evidence-based strategies to improve clinician well-being at both the individual and systems levels, and now must acknowledge the toll that the current crisis is taking on the well-being of clinicians. Visit for strategies and resources.

PAPERS, GUIDES & PUBLICATIONS

A Nurse's Ethical Obligation During a Pandemic
A timely article from a 2017 issue of MedSurg Matters!, Dr. Casey Cassidy outlines ethical and legal considerations during a pandemic and describes a nurse's professional duty during such events in her article "A Nurse’s Ethical Obligation During a Pandemic."

We hope this provides you with additional guidance at this time. Please note that the contact hours for this article have expired. Read the article.


AMSN Past President and Current Research Advisor Linda Yoder PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN and colleagues developed a paper, “Global health crises are also information crises: A call to action.” Using as an example the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) epidemic, they examine challenges associated with what we term “global information crises”; recommend changes needed for the field of information science to play a leading role in such crises; and propose actionable items for short‐ and long‐term research, education, and practice in information science. View paper in its entirety.

Caring for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders and Those Who Experience Pain in the Context of COVID-19
A collection of resources for clinicians providing treatment for those with substance use disorders and those who manage the care of patients with pain. Read more.

See also: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) News and Resources, from the National Academy of Medicine.


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment Guidelines
From the CDC: “Living document” expected to be updated often as new clinical data accrue. A panel of U.S. physicians, statisticians, and other experts has developed treatment guidelines for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). These guidelines, intended for healthcare providers, are based on published and preliminary data and the clinical expertise of the panelists, many of whom are frontline clinicians caring for patients during the rapidly evolving pandemic. The guidelines are posted online and will be updated often as new data are published in peer-reviewed scientific literature and other authoritative information emerges.

Disaster Nursing
There is a wealth of resources on their website. Free to become a member.


ECRI
ECRI Guidelines Trust is a publicly available online repository of objective, evidence-based clinical practice guideline content. Its purpose is to provide physicians, nurses, other clinical specialties, and members of the healthcare community with up-to-date clinical practices to advance safe and effective patient care. This centralized repository includes evidence-based guidance developed by nationally and internationally recognized medical organizations and medical specialty societies.


Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing (JHPN)
The JHPN is providing FREE open access to a select series of published articles to help you and your team navigate palliative nursing care during COVID-19. These articles are available for FREE until August 31, 2020.

POCKET RESOURCES

Managing COVID-19 ARDS
Patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19 pneumonia often go on to develop acute hypoxemic respiratory failure and some will develop adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) (Auwaerter, 2020). Critical care clinicians have managed ARDS for years; however, COVID-19 ARDS is different from the typical ARDS we’ve known. Use this Nursing Pocket Card developed by Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, FAAN to help guide you in managing ARDS in patients with COVID-19.

PPE / SUPPLIES

Harbor Freight is Donating  N95 Masks, Face Shields 5 and 7 mil Nitrile Gloves
If you work at a hospital with a 24 hour emergency room in need of these items, please ask the office in charge of procurement at your hospital to visit here so they can provide us with the information Harbor Frieght needs to determine if they can make a donation.

If you’re not with a hospital, but would like to give a name of a hospital with a 24-hour emergency room in your community that might need this help, please email at hospitalhelp@harborfreight.com, identify the hospital’s city and state in the subject line, and the Harbor Freight team will follow-up.

PREPAREDNESS

Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing - This site is designed to help nurses prepare for and respond to disasters and public health emergencies.  Disasters are a global reality and the 2.8 million registered nurses in the United States are at the forefront of our ability to prepare, respond, and recover from disasters.

TRANSPORTATION

JetBlue
JetBlue and Delta Air Lines are offering free flights to medical personnel traveling to provide assistance during the coronavirus epidemic. JetBlue is also working with the nonprofit Together We Rise to help college students displaced from university housing and donating resources to the Food Bank for New York City. Visit JetBlue.

Rental Cars for Healthcare Workers
Avis and Budget are here to help get you where you need to go. Healthcare workers can rent an economy through full size car at $35/day, $120/week, and $400/month through June 30, 2020 at participating locations. Should you have any questions about renting with Avis and Budget, a dedicated support team is available at 800-883-3014 (M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT). Reserve your car with Avis and Budget.

WEBINARS (LIVE-RECORDED/PODCASTS

WEBINAR ASSISTANCE: ProDev@amsn.org

AMSN webinars scheduled for March, April, and May have been rescheduled, so that attendees may enjoy them at a later date when workloads are potentially lessened, and free time is available to participate. If you already registered, you will automatically be registered for the rescheduled event.

Abbott Nutrition and Health Institute
ANHI Special Report:  Nutrition & Immunity Good nutrition is key to immune health. With this in mind, ANHI created this Special Report to offer you their best curation of nutrition and immunity education resources."  ANHI is also hosting a podcast series on nutrition: Nutrition and Immunity Podcast Series.

AMSN
Recorded April 9, 2020 - Coping Through the Crisis: An Introduction to EFT for Bedside Nurses. In this webinar, you will learn how to use the emotional freedom technique (EFT), or tapping, an evidence-based complementary therapy that has been shown to decrease cortisol levels, treat PTSD, and allow individuals to manage stress and anxiety. View the recording.

ENA
COVID-19 resources for nurses.

ANA
FREE ANA PPE Webinar - Focuses on the current PPE guidelines for supply optimization and how to maintain personnel safety.  Registration is FREE for both ANA members and non-members. A link to this on-demand, 60-minute webinar will be emailed to all registrants early the week of March 30. Register for webinar now.

AAACN
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 1:00-2:15pm US Eastern. Telephone Triage and COVID-19. Register to see live with chat, or view the recording later at your convenience.

Ventilator Management
Free Webcast - Ventilator Management: Essential Skills for Non-ICU Nurses.


HOW ELSE CAN WE HELP?

The team at our national office is working virtually to contribute to social distancing and efforts to "flatten the curve" as much as we can. Though we are not together at the office, we continue to work collaboratively to provide the support and resources you need. Regardless of where we are working, we have processes in place to ensure we can provide the same level of customer service and overall attention that you expect from AMSN. Contact us at AMSN@amsn.org.

We do not yet know when this crisis will abate. We do know that health care organizations – the people and the infrastructures – are being stretched near their limits. We do know that many of you will be working day and night amidst the uncertainty and stress, while risking your own well-being caring for those impacted by COVID-19. You may also find yourself separated from family and friends.

We are grateful for the work you do, and we are committed to making it easier for you to do your work.

If there is anything you need, or you have suggestions on how we can better serve you during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to us immediately.

Sincerely,
The Boards of Directors and staff of AMSN/MSNCB