COVID-19 Resources for Nurses
AMSN is Here For You Through 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. We’ll continue to work with you to assist in any way we can.
Emergency Grant For Members
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. Make a donation to the AMSN Emergency Grant for Member Nurses during the COVID-19 crisis. 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.
AMSN Staffing Toolkit
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. All of which are free during COVID-19 crisis.
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.
On-Going Evaluation of Your COVID-19 Needs
AMSN understands that your current needs may differ from what they were when the pandemic started to create its first surges in March 2020. As a follow up to the COVID-19 Poll we distributed regarding this during in the early stages of the pandemic, we want to know how you are affected currently. We would like to understand how your support needs may have changed, and how we can help to alleviate any burdens you and your organization now feel. Please take our poll to help us to continue to bring you the tools you need, when you need them, in the manner that serves you best.
Updates by AMSN Department
MEMBERSHIP ASSISTANCE: Membership@amsn.org
AMSN knows that your membership benefits help you stay connected to other nurses during this crucial time. On the Hub, you can connect with nurses locally, and around the world, and learn from one another, as well as share resources and support.
AMSN is working to meet you where you are--on the go, on your phone, with little time to be sitting at a computer right now. We're excited to be sharing new resources and member benefits over the next few months. Stay tuned by email, on the Hub and our social media!
CERTIFICATION ASSISTANCE: Certification@amsn.org
As the global impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold, MSNCB's testing partner, Prometric, has deemed the CMSRN certification exam "essential." Various testing centers in the United States and other countries are reopening on a weekly basis at either limited or full capacity and are supporting "essential" exams. Although test centers are reopening weekly, we are also seeing test centers close in COVID-19 hot spots. Check here for test site availability in your area.
Test centers are requiring test takers to bring and wear a mask while taking the exam. 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 now offers remote proctored exams. Due to COVID-19, remote proctored exams are in high demand. Plan to be available for up to 5 hours to allow for check-in, the wait to be connected to a proctor, taking the exam and troubleshooting any technical difficulties that may arise where you will need to contact support. It's important to check your device for compatibility by running a system readiness check and reviewing the FAQ and other common technical issues that may arise while testing. This will assist you in determining if a remote proctored exam is right for you.
As of August 3, 2020, rescheduling fees and extension fees have been reinstated. Please review the website for more information.
Late fees for certification renewal applications have been waived through December 31, 2020.
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.
- Contact Congress to Prioritize Nursing Needs in COVID-19 Response
- Contact State Officials to Prioritize Nursing Needs in COVID-19 Response
Education / Webinars
WEBINAR ASSISTANCE: ProDev@amsn.org
AMSN - Free Webinar from April 9 - Coping Through the Crisis: An Introduction to EFT for Bedside Nurses In this interactive 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. Register and view the recording at your convenience.
ANA Various webinars available regarding COVID-19 care. Registration is FREE for both ANA members and non-members. Register now to view these online, on-demand webinar immediately or anytime, anywhere. Register here.
AAACN - From Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 1:00-2:15pm US Eastern. Telephone Triage and COVID-19. Register to see view the recording at your convenience.
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.
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.
The Boards of Directors and staff of AMSN/MSNCB
Other Resources from Around the Nation
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.
The Joint Commission is offering tools and resources to support health care professions on the frontlines.
EBSCO Videos To Help During COVID-19
- CDC Video Call (Recorded March 25, 2020) - COVID-19 Update: Optimization Strategies for Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Slides and the transcript are available. https://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2020/callinfo_032520.asp?deliveryName=USCDC_1052-DM23624
- CDC information on optimizing supply of N95 masks
- CDC guidance on extending use of N95 masks
- FDA information on N95 masks and PPE
- JAMA article on preserving masks, "Conserving Supply of Personal Protective Equipment—A Call for Ideas."
- More information on mask conservation
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
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 manufacturing space to make face shields. These can also be printed with logos or designs. For more information, please have your health care organization procurement officer contact email@example.com or visit the site here.
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:
- Healthcare institution name
- Requestor’s name and position
- Official email address
- 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).
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.
Free online workouts.
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.
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.
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.
There is a wealth of resources on their website. Free to become a member.
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.
HHS Launches Covid-19 Hospital Capacity Database
A week after instructing hospitals to send COVID-19 data directly to HHS, the agency has started making some capacity information publicly available online.
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.
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.