Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Recommendations for Improving National Nurse
Preparedness for Pandemic Response:
Early Lessons from COVID-19
Compelling evidence from nurses in the field has revealed lack of access to personal protective equipment; inadequate knowledge and skills related to pandemic response; lack of decision rights as it relates to workflow redesign, staffing decisions, and allocation of scarce resources; and a fundamental disconnect between frontline nurse and nurse executives and hospital administrators. There is a critical and compelling need to identify and understand the gaps and inadequacies in the US health system that have contributed to a lack of pandemic readiness both within and outside of the nursing workforce, including within emergency planning and resource (eg, PPE, ventilators, etc.) procurement and allocation. Actions taken now can improve the readiness, safety, and support of the national nursing workforce for COVID-19 as well as future pandemics.
Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN
American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) | American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) | American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP) | American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) | American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) | Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicologists (APAMT) | European Association of Poison Centers and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT) | Middle East & North Africa Clinical Toxicology Association (MENATOX)