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As a Registered Nurse( Saima Rajpali RN,RM,BSN) for 11 years, I could not have been more excited when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. I was so excited to celebrate 2020 as a special year, and I was determined especially for Nurses Week, to honor and support my nursing colleagues. Then the COVID-19 pandemic emerged.
Living away from my home country, I always intended to make a plans for my vacations, but this chaos of COVID enabled me to realize that how terminally ill patients are surviving, where they used to travel big cities for best health care facilities .Keeping oneself in patient’s shoe, the turmoil arises from access to care with special permits, no visiting hours policy, financial constrains, fear of being isolated etc.
On the discharge day, clients are instructed about Tele Clinics which is a new way of dealing with follow up of clients. In order to prevent from infection especially with this COVID Pandemic, the patients are instructed to live nearby hospital facility with a list of precautions which has created fear and anxieties in client’s daily routine.
The role of a nurse in this pandemic includes imparting education related to home care measures, prevention of spread of viral respiratory infections by meticulous hand washing for 20 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, avoid close unprotected contacts with anyone having respiratory symptoms, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, eat a balanced diet with the periods of rest. This is a distressing time for patients and families. However, we can fight with this pandemic by educating patients and their families through online sessions and can have alternative means of communication to make them understand their plan of care.
5/8/2020 1:49:07 PM

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Very informative! Thank you.
5/6/2020 4:45:58 PM