Nurses have been forced to call off their patients after being suddenly furloughed because of the growing case of COVID-19.

As a result of the unforeseen pandemic that has swept the world, hospitals are investing in doves in order to combat the deadly virus's frightening continuous rise. One way to ensure that hospitals did not go bankrupt as a result of excessive spending was to lay off employees in order to stay under budget.

On the plus side, some nurses and workers who were fired at the height of the daily pandemic are being recalled now that the disease's initial craze and almost uncontrollable spread has subsided.

It's an ironic but sad twist that the same people who have the medical skills to treat the virus and help those who have been infected are being laid off from these hospitals.

Hospitals laid off most people during the pandemic due to financial crises.

When layoffs occur in any company, the least capable employees are normally the first to go. It matters how much you contribute to a company's or brand's success.

Nurses in hospitals are in the same boat. In desperate conditions where even the most effective hands must be laid off for cost savings and financial management, overtime persistence and hard work will buy you more time.

Here are the Five Qualities to Develop in Order to Remain an Essential Nurse

Diligence and Hard Work: In the face of a deadly pandemic, hard work and persistence on the job without distractions or mistakes show your integrity and dependability.

Maintain a professional demeanor and strict adherence to the Virus's rules: Nurses must wear face or surgical masks according to guidelines in order to be taken seriously.

Since this coronavirus strain is thought to be highly transmissible, nurses must take special care to protect themselves and avoid accidental transmission to coworkers, patients, and their families. They should wear PPE only as directed and with extreme caution when donning and doffing in order to be most secure. 

Nurses should have their N95 respirators fit-tested once a year and conduct a positive or negative pressure seal check every time they put on their mask. Before leaving the doffing region, always remove PPE in the order recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), beginning with notifying the qualified observer and ending with a body check for residual contaminants.

Effortlessness Stoicism in the face of COVID-19 patients' medical needs: The COVID-19 pandemic, which is still spreading, serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of nursing and the vital role of healthcare workers in public health emergencies. Respiratory transmission is one of the ways in which the virus spreads.

Demonstrate Empathy Altruism, kindness, empathy, and discipline are qualities that distinguish nurses as some of the most well-respected professionals on the planet. Nurses must be compassionate while maintaining the necessary professional distance between themselves and their patients. 

It's simple, however, to direct all of your energies outward until you're completely drained and have nothing left to offer. Nurses must remind themselves that they are the ones who deserve to be the first to receive their compassion. To give your best, genuine altruism necessitates that you be at your best.

Here are five ways nurses should make mental health and well-being a priority during and after the pandemic.

Reduction of Unnecessary Exposure

Although no exposure can be completely removed, there are ways to reduce the overall risk. When this isn't possible, be careful in practicing social distancing and wearing proper PPE. Clean the work environment as well as shared areas at home, such as computers, countertops, and toilets, on a regular basis. Consider removing your work clothes before getting into your car and showering as soon as you get home.

Be Conscious Of Your Mental Health 

An influx of acutely ill patients, stringent infection management procedures, and staffing shortages may put tremendous mental and physical strain on nurses, who are already working in a job where burnout is a real possibility. The pandemic's stress may drive some people to their breaking point. 

Many employers have therapy as part of their employee assistance services or have dedicated counselors on staff. Using these services may help people cope with anxiety and trauma caused by the pandemic.

1. Eat a Balanced Diet.

Consume whole foods such as fruits and vegetables. Limit foods that make you feel sluggish and impact your efficiency and focus at work, such as refined sugar, saturated and trans fats, and meals. It will benefit both your body and mind.

2. Workout Regularly 

Exercising does not have to be difficult. There are several ways to get some exercise while having a good time. Quick walks outdoors, yoga, biking, or learning a new sport are all good options. Everything you have to do is make an effort to keep your body in good shape.

3. Strategize well

As far as possible, avoid bringing office work home. You just have so much free time, so make the most of it. Spend time doing things that energize you and make you feel refreshed and ready to go. Whatever works for you—hanging out with friends and family, going sightseeing, watching your favorite TV show, or catching up on sleep—as long as you carve out some time to unwind.

It's disturbing, if not downright terrifying, to provide patient care during a pandemic, particularly when it comes to protecting yourself. You will maintain some power by adopting constructive steps and remaining well during this public health emergency, from keeping current on legislative changes to resolving mental health issues when they arise.

Conclusion 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses have important tasks and obligations. They'll continue to be on the front lines of patient care in hospitals, as well as actively involved in group assessment and monitoring. 

COVID-19 outbreak response is exposed to hazards that put them at risk of infection, it's critical that they're given the tools they need to protect themselves, such as infection prevention protocols and adequate protective gear. They should not be dismissed lightly, as they continue to bear the brunt of the pandemic's rumblings in order to keep citizens safe.


March 7, 2021

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person

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