All nursing and midwifery staff are fundamental to informing the public and reassuring them about the COVID-19 outbreak. This page provides RCN members across the health and social care workforce, including nursing support workers and students, with clinical information and key resources to support their understanding of and help them with management of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is posing unprecedented challenges to the health system, health practitioners and the wider community. We sincerely thank nurses and midwives for their continuing commitment and care for people. We know our regulatory approach must be modified to support you in these exceptional circumstances.
Topics covered include clinical guidelines, national policy on public health and occupational health, information on temporary regulation and much more besides. Nursing Times has pulled some of these documents together in a guideline hub to help nursing staff easily find the information they need in one place during the coronavirus pandemic.
As nurses worldwide feel the pain of prolonged PPE use, we assess the advice on minimising the discomfort caused by marks and visors Nurses have reported skin damage and bruises after wearing personal protective equipment during long shifts. PPE needs to be properly fitted and ideally worn for shorter periods of time, but when this is not possible, there are other ways nurses can reduce the risk of damage. Experts offer advice on avoiding skin damage, emphasising a ‘clean, protect and restore’ approach
This guidance has been developed to support nurses practicing within areas such as general practice, extended hours and out of hours who are being asked to treat patients via a telephone or video or through other remote consultation when they would normally see them face to face. It is intended to provide additional principles around working remotely. It applies to all prescribers working within their normal scope of prescribing practice for adults and children.
Nursing manager Tyler Smith reflects on his experience managing a small rural hospital in Hardisty, Alberta during the COVID crisis. “The last few weeks have been focused on the changing world as it unfolds — the first on opportunity through constriction, and another on transparency in crisis. To put it bluntly, there is a lot of fear on the frontline — and a lot of courage.
At the time of writing (11th April 2020) there are 1.72 million Covid?19 infections and 104,889 deaths worldwide. In the UK the first recorded death was on the 5th of March 2020 and in just 37 days 9,875 deaths in hospital have been recorded. The 10th of April saw the highest number of UK daily deaths (980) to date. These UK figures do not include those who died in care homes or in the community. Similar death rates have been experienced in China earlier this year (3,339) and are rising globally with particularly high death rates in the US (18,761 with over half of deaths in New York State), Italy (18,939), Spain (16,353) and France (13,197).