The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more demands, uncertainty, and stress among health practitioners, which take a toll on individual status and well-being.
Leadership actions are essential to protect and elevate the psychological well-being of the nursing terrain. Nurse leaders have to help minimize the dangerous effects of our struggle against this unprecedented pandemic.
An important element of a response plan to sustain well-being should be a standardized peer support framework. This write-up highlight nurses’ experiences during the pandemic, give a vivid picture of peer support basics, give room for best practices for peer support programs, and showcases lessons learned from 2 mature peer support programs.
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role was established by the American Association of Colleges in Nursing (AACN) in 2003.
Reports from a journal carried out by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reveals microsystem issues and their point of convergence to bigger organizational issues.
This perspective gives room for a two-way flow of information to and from health system leaders as they lead institutional feedback to the pandemic around issues such as having access to patterns of spread, patient acuity, adequate and relevant staffing levels, and personal protective equipment usage.
A perfect CNL must be confident in their communication abilities. They’re required to give the coaching and direction staff needs to adjust to frequent changes. Whether it be transforming health center departments into COVID-19 units or establishing sanitation and PPE protocols for staff.
Communication is also a major factor in keeping staff abreast of happenings and calm throughout the pandemic by tackling any questions or concerns they have. Nurses want to feel that management has their backs, and CNLs are the ones they will run to in times of request.
Leaders should live up to expectations for supporting the well-being and mental health of the healthcare team. CNLs should canvass for adequate programs and resources for Nurses to adapt and face the challenges associated with stress.
Not only should Nurse leaders canvass for their colleagues, but they should also be the mouthpiece for their patients. Base on the reports by NursingCenter, the CNL acts as a patient advocate by adopting patients’ unique values, desires, needs, and perspectives into patient care delivery.
Another approach Nurse leaders advocate for patients during COVID-19 is giving room for patients to associate with their families. Because of the pandemic, visitation is restricted. Leaders work with management to provide devices for patients to see and relate with loved ones.
Finally, a successful Nurse leader must be resilient.