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  1. ...Can anyone relate to this? Since the Summer I've had coworkers going out, posting photos, going to Disney World, clubs, meeting up with friends and family in groups...they post it all on social media and at the same time ask everyone to "mask up!" and have the "I can't stay home, I'm a nurse!" filter on their profile picture...what has really bugged me recently is my unit is hosting a holiday party at a charge RNs house. How does that make sense? Inviting all of management and staff, plus any guests they decide to bring with them, to a house party in the middle of a worsening pandemic to drink and hang out? I feel disgusted. I will not be attending the party. I can't look some of them in the face anymore, it is so bad. Another thing that is bothering me is the way management and the hospital I work for is responding to the conditions we are in. My hospital is funding and hosting events all around town (that is corporate healthcare systems for you...) and literally inviting people to gather in public settings...all while we still don't have adequate staffing, PPE, supplies, and work in abhorrent conditions. Can you all relate? How do you cope? I feel so sad these days. I feel like I am living in a fake profession. I am having a hard time finding anyone who still takes the pandemic seriously. I want to quit and work somewhere else where the culture is better, the staff actually cares, and management is on board. Does this exist? I was recently told if I quit "the grass is not always greener on the other side". Does anyone work somewhere right now where things are not as bad, behavior-wise?
  2. It is a bit frustrating to work alongside staff who are continuing to socialize in groups outside of work (and post on social media). Does anyone have work situations that are similar? I don't want to be the social distancing police, but it makes me nervous that not only are we being exposed to so many now in our ED, but the staff around us might be behaving risky outside of work as well. Any thoughts? I love the people I work with and really don't want to judge what they do outside of work, but it is hard to not be a bit nervous when I stumble across it on their social media!
  3. jeastridge

    Marvelous Masks Youth Art Contest

    “I am afraid peer pressure will discourage children from wearing masks. I am feeling nervous about sending my girls back to school unless everyone is trying to be as safe as possible. Is there anything that we can do?” A Contest to Inspire Kids An inspiration struck us: We could design and run a youth art contest and get kids to design cartoons or drawings with a message and submit them to win prizes! We quickly worked through the details of how this could work, including developing a flyer, a facebook Event, and winning categories. We would have winners in elementary, middle and high school with prizes for the top three. Each prize would be matched with a gift card for their teacher. We felt like that way, we would encourage personal creativity but also encourage a spirit of charity. Along the way, we also hoped to see more prestige attached to wearing a mask and more positive peer pressure working to produce a more uniform adherence to the necessary policy in this time of COVID-19. To Wear or Not to Wear Masks, to wear or not to wear? That has been the question for months! Since the novel coronavirus was identified and began its insidious spread, masks have been the center of swirling controversy, made more difficult by initial conflicting instructions from scientists. While March may have seen some doubt about the effectiveness of masks in controlling the outbreak, by April evidence was solidly on the side of mask-wearing by all since “Your mask protects me and my mask protects you.” Efficacy of Social-Distancing and Masks It is a given that homemade face coverings do not offer fail-proof protection, but coupled with social distancing, the transmission of COVID drops dramatically, to the point where it becomes manageable in community. Scientists have stated that if every last one of us adhered to the mask advice faithfully, we would see a definite decrease in transmission rates with the subsequent decline in total numbers. For now, there are far too many adults and children who are not wearing masks. In the south, many continue to gather in churches, at funerals, and other social gatherings, without masks, sometimes even singing and physically greeting. While lawmakers and politicians are reluctant to face the outcry if they call out group gatherings of a religious nature, individual participants need to realize this behavior prolongs the pandemic and makes all of us less safe. Going Back to School Safely As school opening approaches, we find ourselves with no really good options. We see pediatricians and the CDC saying that children need to be in school. We see community transmission numbers climbing daily. We see hospitals becoming overwhelmed. Teachers, parents and children are faced with impossible decisions. The "Cool Factor" One thing we can all do to help make this current situation better is to find ways to encourage children to wear masks. While they may not suffer from COVID-19 as much as older adults, they can also get it and transmit it. So having an art contest designed to increase the “cool” factor of masks, is a win-win for all! Once we launched the contest, our local newspaper, The Kingsport Times-News, provided front-page coverage. In an article by reporter Holly Viers, they detailed the contest criteria in an article titled, “How do you get students…Behind the Masks?” The caption to the photo and artwork explained, “With two daughters attending Kingsport City Schools, Subhashini Vashisth has been concerned about young people not wearing masks. With that concern in mind, Vashisth and Joy Eastridge decided that an art contest would be a creative way to help children view mask-wearing more positively.” Viers went on to quote further, “If kids can see that wearing masks can be helpful and can keep them in school, allow them to go to school, I think that’s the message that we want to transmit. If everyone will wear masks faithfully, then life can resume with some kind of normalcy.” Children Can Be Leaders Let’s empower our kids to use their personal creativity to persuade others to wear masks. Sometimes children can be our real leaders, especially if adults are torn by outside issues such as politics. Art is a heart language that speaks loudly to all people of any age. So share this with your friends, family, schools, and encourage young people you know to participate in this fun and important art contest! Let’s Mask Up to bring COVID down! If you or your child or your child’s teacher want to learn more about COVID-19 and have a book to help start conversations, download the free children’s book, Conquering COVID-19.
  4. HeatherWin

    Hired on to a Covid unit

    Hi everyone, I have been out of the hospital setting for 5 years and jumped at the chance to work on a Covid unit. I am afraid of course but know I am going to be helping with this pandemic. I hope to not be infected but there is a chance working with this population on a Tele/ortho unit changed to a Covid unit. My question is this: As nurses who work on Covid units do you self isolate for fear of being an asymptomatic carrier? Or do you go about your life with the recommended precautions of 6 foot distancing and masks?
  5. Hi all, sorry if this topic has been posted before. I'm a new grad nurse who was hired into the ICU, which was recently converted to a Covid ICU. I am in a state that recently is experiencing another wave of cases. I'm super grateful to have gotten a job but am now concerned about if I should see my elderly parents while working in this unit. Nurses working on Covid units- are you isolating at home from spouses and/or family? Do you see elderly parents or grandparents?? I was considering socially distanced outdoor dinners with my parents, but my mom has hypertension and my dad has CHF/diabetes/htn....aka they are a poster of risk factors. Please let me know your experiences and thoughts!
  6. I am sorry to let you know , but public establishments are not enforcing the mandatory mask and social distancing. We are growing exponentially in number of cases. Why are people so ignorant???? 😢
  7. adventure_rn

    COVID in the Break Room?

    Apparently in my hospital, the majority of employee covid cases are coming from staff-to-staff transmission, not patient-to-staff. Our employer has encouraged us to wear our masks in the break room, but...how are we supposed to eat? On my unit, social distancing isn't really possible, since we have 30 staff per shift with a tiny break room. Also, nobody is wiping down the table with Clorox before or after they eat. Is anybody else getting this feedback from their admin? I honestly don't know what the solution is.
  8. I can’t figure out how to change my handle, but I’ve now been a nurse for 4 years, and I’m the ED for 2. I of course see positive COVID patients, but I always wear the proper PPE, don and doffing appropriately, change out of my scrubs at work, and shower as soon as I get home. Other than work, I’ve left my house very minimally and only saw a few select people from over 6 feet away. I’ve done my best to follow all state guidelines. The area where I live is starting phased reopening next week. I already have been invited to a (very small) family gathering after that time. I know most people in my life will very cautiously start to begin some sort of normal life. But my question for my fellow nurses is this: as someone who takes care of COVID patients, at what point will you be comfortable being around others either in your family or in the community? I know we can be seeing COVID patients for the next few months if not years and isolating for that whole span would obviously not be feasible.
  9. I draw labs in the morning on my patients (I work overnight), and for me it's usually a very fast process (doesn't take more than 2 minutes). Once in a while, though, you get a 'hard stick' patient and that can take a little while (e.g., more than 5 minutes) as you're looking for decent venous access. You're still nearly face to face with that patient, though. Considering all the labs I do, maybe I already got this corona!
  10. How can he expect the country to practice social distancing and wear masks in public if he isn't practicing what he preaches? PLEASE: No political comments. This is NOT about politics but rather about adhering to policies. No facemask for Vice President Mike Pence as he tours Mayo's COVID-19 testing labs in Rochester
  11. The majority of my coworkers are adhering to social distancing - taking it very seriously including not eating out, not having meals delivered at work, only going to work and back home. But we found out that a small group is out socializing during this time. Ignoring all the guidelines. Peer pressure doesn't seem to work. Admin does not feel they can enforce what employees do outside of work. I feel like they are putting all of us at risk. Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions?
  12. Carol Ebert

    Social Distancing - A Touchy Subject

    It occurs to me if we all get in the habit of avoiding and not touching each other - which is appropriate at this time - this might become a habit we will have a hard time to break. Studies show it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic. That could mean that once that habit is set we might be reluctant to engage and touch each other personally in the future. The Importance of Touch Here’s what we know about the importance of touch. We are hard-wired to be touched Psychologists call our yearning for touch “Skin Hunger”. It's a deep longing and aching desire for physical contact with another person. Touch is considered the first sense we acquire and our skin is our largest sensory organ. Humans are wired to be touched. From birth until the day we die, our need for physical contact remains. Being touch-starved — also known as skin hunger or touch deprivation — occurs when a person experiences little to no touch from other living things. Another term for skin hunger is “Affection Deprivation” which shows positive associations with loneliness, depression, stress, alexithymia (inability to recognize or describe one's own emotions), preoccupied and fearful avoidant attachment styles, and numbers of personality disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and secondary immune disorders. A hug can calm us when we are stressed Researchers have found that an embrace functions as a protective layer against stress. Huggers had smaller increases in their blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic. A hug can boost your immune system A 2015 study from Carnegie Mellon University examined effects of perceived social support and receipt of hugs on participants' susceptibility to developing the common cold after being exposed to the virus. People who perceived greater social support were less likely to come down with a cold, and the stress-buffering effects of hugging explained 32 percent of that beneficial effect. Even among those who got a cold, those who felt greater social support and received more frequent hugs had less severe symptoms. Another study examined how stress and social support impacts immunity and susceptibility to infectious disease. Participants were exposed to a common cold virus and were then monitored in quarantine to assess signs of illness. The study found that those who felt socially supported and were hugged more often also experienced less-severe signs of illness. So what does all this touchy stuff mean for us in these social distancing days? Get back to basics and focus on it even more! 1. We need to know and appreciate this scientific information on the power of touch as a tool to keep us well 2. We need to take steps to engage positively with the people we live with who we can touch. Offer warmth, caring, listening, patience and frequent hugs to improve health and boost our immunity 3. We need to take daily steps to manage our stress more than ever using whatever methods work for you. When your stress goes down, your immunity goes up. I use a CHI machine daily to balance my energy and relax, Tapping (EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique, deep breathing, walking 4. We need to exercise every day using whatever home-based methods you can find. I’m doing online NIA classes 2x/wk, walking outside daily with my spouse, my usual Jazzercise class is now going live on facebook once/wk, check out other creative exercise methods people are posting online for ideas or make up your own 5. We need to not get caught up in eating junk food and lots of snacks and stay on track with our usual healthy eating strategies 6. We need to get a good 7-8 hours of restful sleep every night A New Reality Yes it is a new reality, but we know what to do to stay healthy. This is just a wake-up call about how important it is to continue doing those basic practices that we know can work and then WORK IT even more! “To touch can be to give life,” said Michelangelo Here’s a poetic mantra you can post and share: Hug your family Hug your pup Stress goes down Immunity goes up! This topic was inspired by: Op-Art: What Do We Lose When We Stop Touching Each Other?
  13. CaffeinePOQ4HPRN

    Non-compliance with Social Distancing

    Can anyone share articles, personal experience, advice, tips, tricks, etc... for how to deal with friends and/or family who are ignoring social distancing/ other public health measures with respect to Covid-19? At this point, I am trying to manage my rage 🤬. In the meantime, I'm just hoping our government moves forward with "martial law" type measures to take away people's right to be stupid and selfish and endanger the public....and, just put everyone on house arrest.
  14. Even tho I pride myself on being a Wellness Guru, I am realizing that this current reality is getting to me and I need to pull out all those wellness stops I can think of to survive. In the past, I was a runner but after physical back pain became an issue, I transitioned into walking. But is walking really enough to provide any significant health benefits? I will admit that transitioning from running to walking was difficult because I held the belief that you couldn’t get the same benefit from walking that you get from running. Over time, however, I discovered that was a false belief so I embraced walking whole-heartedly as my new mode of exercise. So much so that at one point in my wellness career, I even coordinated the Shoe Crew, a walking club of 1500 employees from many businesses with challenges, big prizes, and data that showed participants lost weight, lowered their blood pressure and felt better. The Coping Benefits of Taking a Walk So now it is time to revisit the importance of walking outside as a way to cope with what is happening in our lives today. Here are some tips. FACT: You have renewed quality time to share with family members Social support may provide a resource for coping that dulls the detrimental impact of stressors on well-being. Those receiving support from their family members may feel a greater sense of self-worth, and this enhanced self-esteem may be a psychological resource, encouraging optimism, positive affect, and better mental health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5954612/ FACT: Your pet will appreciate exercising with you Regularly exercising your pet is just as important as exercise for you. Health benefits range widely but include helping hip joints, reducing digestive problems, and keeping your dog and cat at a healthy weight, which decreases the likelihood of developing other health problems. And your pet will have fewer behavioral problems, as will you! https://www.spcaflorida.org/blog/importance-of-regular-exercise-for-your-pets/ FACT: You will appreciate being in nature and all the benefits Nature is not only nice to have, but it’s a have-to-have for physical health and cognitive function. People who spent two hours a week in green spaces — local parks or other natural environments, either all at once or spaced over several visits — were substantially more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don’t. https://e360.yale.edu/features/ecopsychology-how-immersion-in-nature-benefits-your-health FACT: You will have time to clear your mind Spending time outside improves mood and reduces feelings of anxiety. We can focus better in nature, and our improved concentration can help us address feelings of stress and anxiety. Self-esteem can also receive a boost after time spent wandering outdoors. Peace and mental clarity is a big reason why being outside is important. https://askthescientists.com/outdoors/ FACT: You will think more creatively In one Stanford University study, researchers found that walking boosts creative output by 60%. New insights come to us when we “pause and unload” our minds. This process is necessary for creative thinking since otherwise we would be stuck forever in the same preconceptions and patterns of thinking. https://brainworldmagazine.com/stepping-creativity-walking-meditation-creative-brain/ FACT: You will reduce your stress level Walking is relaxing — it releases tension from the muscles of the body through light exercise and distracts the mind from its own busyness. It is a rhythmic activity. Each step and swing of the arms creates a distinct cadence. Rhythm is known to lower brainwave frequency, as studies of the therapeutic value of drumming have confirmed. https://brainworldmagazine.com/stepping-creativity-walking-meditation-creative-brain/ FACT: You can break away from negative news for awhile Walking is a great time-out opportunity that you control. Unfortunately, a lot of what’s going on in the news is out of our hands, and sometimes we must remind ourselves of that so that we can stay sane and work on what is within our power. https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/what-headline-stress-disorder-do-you-have-it-ncna830141 So what do you think? Sounds like a great drug-free healthy prescription that we need right now and is free! Let’s get outside and get moving! Here are some inspiring quotes to post and share with others to encourage walking. If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk. Hippocrates An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. Henry David Thoreau It is solved by walking. Latin phrase Solvitur ambulando All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. Friedrich Nietzsche
  15. indigo girl

    Thoughts on Social Distancing

    he advantages and disadvantages discussed by the Reveres at Effect Measure. Follow the link for the full commentary. The Editors of Effect Measure are senior public health scientists and practitioners. Paul Revere was a member of the first local Board of Health in the United States (Boston, 1799). The Editors sign their posts "Revere" to recognize the public service of a professional forerunner better known for other things. Swine flu : thoughts on social distancing
  16. hherrn

    Want the flu? Come to the ER.

    We know the flu thing is likely to get worse, which means a lot more ER visits. As I have seen so far, we are more a part of the problem than the solution. Even when people call to ask if they should come in, we can't give them consistent accurate advice. Our docs are all over the place regarding who gets swabbed, and who gets Tamiflu. Most get at least fluid and Zofran, re-enforcing the belief that the ER is the place to go if you think you might have the flu. Our ILI visits fall into 3 categories: People who have the flu and might benefit from Tamiflu. A small minority. People who have the flu and won't benefit from Tamiflu. People who are sick, but don't have the flu. This last category is probably the majority- people with compromised immune systems. They spend hours in a poorly ventilated waiting room and an ER. Every surface is coated with god knows what, people are coughing and hacking. Other than actually sucking on used flu swabs, I can't think of a better way to get the flu than to come to the ER. We make half hearted attempts with gowns and masks on occasion, but ignore basic hygiene. In addition, there is the general crowd of ER patients, many, (if not most) are not acutely ill, but tend to be unhealthy in general They are also being exposed. We have no plan in place to deal with this. There has been no change in staffing models. There has been no change in flow. We will continue to use the same cumbersome system. I will still need to ask a bunch of questions that A- have no bearing on treatment, and B- people lie about. I will still need to do redundant charting etc...All the things I currently waste time doing. Except I will be doing it in the middle of an epidemic. Or pandemic. Or whatever might be on its way. Assuming this continues to grow, both in reality and public perception, we are hosed. I wish I could say it is unbelievable how unprepared we re, but it is unfortunately completely believable. Anybody doing a good job preparing and dealing with flu this year?