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SURVEY: Nurses, Are You Prepared for an Encounter with COVID-19?

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Are You Prepared for COVID-19?

The Coronavirus/COVID-19 has become a rapidly evolving health threat to individuals and communities around the globe. Nurses are in a position to help stop the spread of this disease if they have up-to-date training, knowledge, and protection.

SURVEY: Nurses, Are You Prepared for an Encounter with COVID-19?

We first started hearing about the Novel Coronavirus in December 2019. It made the news due to the rapid increase in the numbers of individuals in China who became infected with this new disease. As the deadly virus began to spread, affecting those around the globe, including those in the United States, it has become very obvious that controlling the spread of this virus is going to be a very serious challenge. Since it is a new disease, no one has immunity and there is currently no vaccine available.

On March 11, the COVID-19 outbreak was characterized by the World Health Organization as a Pandemic. As such, it is critical that all members of the health care teams have the appropriate knowledge, training, and personal protective equipment to effectively and safely provide care to patients, without unprotected exposure to themselves.

As a potential first responder to fight this virus, have you received the training needed to assess and care for potential and confirmed COVID-19 patients in your place of work? Do you have adequate equipment? Does your place of employment have a clear and up-to-date protocol for responding to COVID-19? Or are communications confusing or even nonexistent?

Do you feel prepared?

Please take this survey so we can see how nurses from around the globe feel regarding the level of preparedness to fight and stop the spread of this threat to public health. After taking the survey, please return here and share what preparations and precautions your healthcare facility and you personally are taking. We would love to hear from you.

Direct link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CT77WW7

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OUxPhys, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiology. Has 4 years experience.

I'm in Ohio and I feel confident with our local hospitals being prepared and ready. However, as a nation we were completely unprepared.

LilybeanRN

Specializes in LTC. Has 9 years experience.

I am terrified. I work in a LTC facility and we are woefully unprepared. If we have a positive case, we are ALL going to get it. We have no more hand sanitizer, no more sani wipes, no n95s, dwindling supply of basic surgical masks. It’s not like we can just ship anybody with symptoms out to the hospital and have them stay there. We will be caring for them if they are not deathly ill. What in the ever living *** am I supposed to do in this situation?

1 hour ago, LilybeanRN said:

I am terrified. I work in a LTC facility and we are woefully unprepared. If we have a positive case, we are ALL going to get it. We have no more hand sanitizer, no more sani wipes, no n95s, dwindling supply of basic surgical masks. It’s not like we can just ship anybody with symptoms out to the hospital and have them stay there. We will be caring for them if they are not deathly ill. What in the ever living *** am I supposed to do in this situation?

Call the CDC, the local media and the local health dept...that’s what you’re supposed to do.

I'm an RT going to nursing school in the fall. My hospital that I work out EVS cannot turn around our gowns fast enough and stock our carts fast enough. We had to wait close to an hour for gowns. Supplies has taken all n95 masks to be rationed in the event they go into shortage. 😏

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

Personally I am prepared and trying to keep up to date and not obsess about it.

My hospital is prepared and following CDC guidelines although we will soon run out of sanitizer. We have plenty of soap and will have to do it the old fashioned way with soap and water. Still we'd be in trouble with large amounts of patients with it, and staff quarantine. A local hospital had to put almost 50 people in quarantine due to first case of a patient being positive.

All we can do at this point is stay diligent and hope for the best.

HandsOffMySteth

Has 3 years experience.

I wonder just how many facilities had a plan in place for such a contingency prior to this? I hate when people say "that will never happen", and then it happens. Just 3 weeks ago I was talking with a fellow student about remote learning and the internet. I mentioned that during flu season it could reduce the spread of disease. He replied that he doubted it would be a viable plan. Now, all the schools are using that plan.

I am not aware of any hospitals who have a plan for outbreaks. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

HandsOffMySteth

Has 3 years experience.

11 hours ago, LilybeanRN said:

I am terrified. I work in a LTC facility and we are woefully unprepared. If we have a positive case, we are ALL going to get it. We have no more hand sanitizer, no more sani wipes, no n95s, dwindling supply of basic surgical masks. It’s not like we can just ship anybody with symptoms out to the hospital and have them stay there. We will be caring for them if they are not deathly ill. What in the ever living *** am I supposed to do in this situation?

LTCs should all be in lockdown. If the virus gets in there it will kill everyone. The families should be notified at once of the reasons, I'm sure they would want it that way. There are alternative solutions to lack of hand sanitizer and such.

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

9 minutes ago, juniper222 said:

LTCs should all be in lockdown. If the virus gets in there it will kill everyone. The families should be notified at once of the reasons, I'm sure they would want it that way. There are alternative solutions to lack of hand sanitizer and such.

All the LTC's and ALF's here are not allowing visitors and most people are understanding and staying away. The exception I think being hospice.

Like I said, we are going to run out of hand sanitizer soon in my facility but like you say there are options.

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Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

23 minutes ago, juniper222 said:

I wonder just how many facilities had a plan in place for such a contingency prior to this? I hate when people say "that will never happen", and then it happens. Just 3 weeks ago I was talking with a fellow student about remote learning and the internet. I mentioned that during flu season it could reduce the spread of disease. He replied that he doubted it would be a viable plan. Now, all the schools are using that plan.

I am not aware of any hospitals who have a plan for outbreaks. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Thee CDC has issued guidelines long ago for influenza pandemics and I do know hospitals are aware of this but not sure how they plan. I can't remember the year but it wasn't too long ago that we here in Florida were overrun with influenza as we have an elderly population and for a while hospitals were filled to the max, but we handled it.

There are contingency plans for all kinds of things like natural disasters, mass casualties, shooters, so I can't imagine not having one for a pandemic. But like all situations you can plan, but you only know you're ready when it's put to the test.

I will say that having to compete with the general public for masks, sanitizers and toilet paper is a new one to me.

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Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

I notice we have a light elective surgery schedule coming up. Some hospitals are canceling surgeries, but I think we're one of those cash strapped hospitals mentioned in the article that isn't doing this. I think people are canceling the surgeries themselves to stay away from the hospital.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/13/hospitals-cancel-elective-surgery-to-make-room-for-coronavirus-influx.html

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

1 hour ago, Tweety said:

I think people are canceling the surgeries themselves to stay away from the hospital.

Our preanesthesia nurses who call patients prior to surgery are being asked if it’s safe for the patients to be coming in for surgery. I would not be surprised if some patients are choosing to wait.

babatee, MSN, RN

Specializes in Geriatric, Acute, Rehab, Psychiatry. Has 13 years experience.

This pandemic as truly exposed the unpreparedness of the healthcare system. Even up till now, the hospitals are yet to address their workers about effective prevention and management of corona virus, Its like we are wishing it just "go away".

8 hours ago, babatee said:

This pandemic as truly exposed the unpreparedness of the healthcare system. Even up till now, the hospitals are yet to address their workers about effective prevention and management of corona virus, Its like we are wishing it just "go away".

Perhaps this is the moment when people realize that business and government are two different entities with different goals and objectives and relationships to capital. Business uses people to make and consolidate money. Government uses money to protect and benefit the people.

This is highlighted in today's crisis. The POTUS thinks and acts with a business sensibility. He believed that he could fire pandemic planning experts and then simply rehire them in a crisis and everything would be fine... clearly it doesn't work that way and delay is critical.

We see that same mentality in other business models which have bare bones disaster planning in place because that costs money. If health businesses don't have necessary PPE for a health crisis, it's because they didn't see having that stockpile as an important part of the role in such a situation. How silly that hospitals, clinics, and nursing facilities find themselves without basic supplies now after the first cases were reported last year. That deficit is not the fault of "panic buying" on the community...it's the fault of poor planning for anticipated events.

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Godislove2020

Has 4 years experience.

I think the media is exaggerating the who thing. the best place to look for up to date news is cdc

AutumnLeaves, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in acute care, ICU, surgery, vasc.surgery,trauma. Has 37 years experience.

We are not prepared in my hospital. There is a shortage of PPE. Only front line staff are being allowed N95s and then these are issued only after a positive test. The patients are not on isolation until then. I was informed by the ID nurse that providers,e.g.NPS,PAS,MDs,are not considered front line staff unless they are with the medicine service. That is ridiculous. We do have a "lockdown" in place,where non medical staff are stopping people at the doors asking them if they have been sick in last 2 weeks. Supposedly they are asking about travel but I have listened and they are not. Some of the local hospitals are checking temps @the door,we are not. I see patients in clinic and in hospital. I asked the clinic nursing staff last week about preparedness and frankly,they were clueless.One of the docs I work with keeps insisting that its just like the regular flu.I give up.🙄

23 minutes ago, Godislove2020 said:

I think the media is exaggerating the who thing. the best place to look for up to date news is cdc

In what way is the media exaggerating this national public health emergency and global pandemic?

4 hours ago, toomuchbaloney said:

Perhaps this is the moment when people realize that business and government are two different entities with different goals and objectives and relationships to capital. Business uses people to make and consolidate money. Government uses money to protect and benefit the people.

Mic drop.

This should be the sub-heading for all allnurses COVID-19 threads.