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National Nurses Month

Honoring Nurses: A Vision for Future Healthcare

May is National Nurses Month. This month, and always, we are proud of your work and proud to support you as you care for patients and demonstrate to the world the power of nurses.
 



 
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Nurses Month 2021 Series: Sharing What We’ve Learned

We entered 2020 ready to celebrate it as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and suddenly we were facing the global pandemic of COVID-19. Listen and learn from these nurses as they share their experiences from the past year.


From the Desk of the Chief Nurse

Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, FAAN
Chief Nurse, Wolters Kluwer, Health Learning, Research & Practice

It’s Nurses Month, and as we celebrate the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, we can’t help but note that the many nursing practices she developed during her time are not only still relevant today, but in fact, have become important weapons in the fight against the COVID-19 global pandemic. The answer came by learning from our past and using current technology. 
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Week 1 - Using Science to Support Practice

May 1–8, 2021
Over the past year, we’ve seen science evolve as we learned more about COVID-19 and its effects, transmission, treatment, and prevention, and thus recommendations have changed frequently, sometimes even daily. Watching science happen in real-time is new, especially to the public. Now more than ever, we are critical in explaining the science behind current recommendations to continue our momentum through this pandemic.

FEATURED NCPD

A Looming Threat within a Pandemic: Vaccine Hesitancy and Refusal 
Clinical Nurse Specialist, 1 contact hour

MORE READING & RESOURCES
Dispelling Myths – Building COVID Vaccine Confidence in Communities (AJN Webinar, February 2021)
How Can You Build Vaccine Confidence and Dispel Myths? [Infographic]
Managing Critically Ill Adults with COVID-19 [Guideline Summary]
The Politicization of COVID-19
Confronting vaccine hesitancy: What nurses need to know
Time for an about-face on face mask defiance
Evidence-Based Practice Step by Step: The Seven Steps of Evidence-Based Practice
Leveraging the nurse scientist role through entrepreneurial innovation
Beyond Bean Counting: Gathering and Using Data to Drive Improvements
Science: The foundation of nursing
 

Week 2 – Striving for Social Justice & Ethics

May 9-15, 2021
COVID-19 has changed the landscape of our community, however the fact that certain communities are impacted differently by disease and infection is not new. We also know that racism itself is a public health issue. As nurses, we have been trained to extend our plan of care to include not just the individual patient, but also their family and the community.

FEATURED NCPD
The Role of Nurses as Allies Against Racism and Discrimination: An Analysis of Key Resistance Movements of Our Time 
Advances in Nursing Science, 1 contact hour

MORE READING & RESOURCES
Nursing’s Role in Addressing Racism (AJN Webinar, August 2020)
Navigating Ethical & Legal Issues During Crisis Situations (AJN Webinar, November 2020)
COVID-19 Exposes Health Disparities
The Detrimental Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health
Racial Disparities in Healthcare and Beyond
“Pick me! Pick me!” How to promote diversity and inclusion in your nursing classroom
Because Black Lives Did Not Matter
COVID-19 and Black America: The intersection of health equity and the NP workforce
I Wouldn't Let it Get to Me: Pregnant Black Women's Experiences of Discrimination
What Mattered Then, Now, and Always: Illness Narratives From Persons of Color
African American Nurses' Perspectives on a Leadership Development Program
Brick by Brick: Deconstructing Racism
​Cancer Nurses, Relational Care, and Science to Achieve Social Justice in Oncology
Social justice, ethics, and the nursing profession

Week 3 – Building Resilience

May 16-22, 2021
Depression, burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress have been ongoing issues among health care professionals, but there has been no bigger test of resilience than COVID-19. The long-term effects have yet to be seen, but these experiences will certainly be transformative.

FEATURED NCPD

Week 4 – Using our Voices to Drive Change

May 23-31, 2021
Nurses make up the largest healthcare workforce; we work at the bedside, teach at universities, conduct ground-breaking research, serve as hospital Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) and hold high level executive positions within a variety of business organizations. Our voices are important – let’s prioritize making them heard.

FEATURED NCPD
Nurse Author: Who Me? Yes, You! 
Rehabilitation Nursing Journal, 1 contact hour

MORE READING & RESOURCES
Now is the Time to Share Your Nursing Voice
Are Nurses Invisible in the Media?
Journalists’ Experiences with Using Nurses as Sources in Health News Stories
Nurse executives: Maintaining momentum + driving change
Why is it important for nurses to have a seat at the table?
Ethical Dilemmas for Nursing Students and Faculty: In Their Own Voices
Advancing Nursing Policy Advocacy Knowledge
How to Facilitate Change
Using your voice to create change is easy as A, B, C!