Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.


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

CERTIFICATION ASSISTANCE: MSNCB@msncb.org

As the global impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold, MSNCB testing partner, Prometric, is suspending testing at all test centers in the United States and Canada until April 16, 2020. This is necessary to comply with federal guidance provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as to further protect the health and well-being of the individual test takers and the staff that provide services.

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 – April 16, Prometric is rescheduling your appointment 30-45 days out from your current test date. You will be notified via email of all changes. It’s important to check the spam/junk folder for these emails. If you did not receive this email, 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

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.

MEALS / FOOD

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).

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.

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.

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.


WEBINARS

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.

Upcoming:
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.


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