7 tips for staying safe as COVID-19 cases rise and colder weather heightens the risk

Social distancing can get tougher in the fall and winter. These simple steps can help keep you and yours loved ones healthy.

Melissa Burdi, Dean, Purdue Global School of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic nursing social-distancing herd-immunity aerosols staying-safe-amid-coronavirus-2020 hygiene face-mask staying-safe-2020

Tally of nursing home deaths during Irma was too low

Hurricane Irma killed many more people in nursing homes in Florida than officials counted, report researchers.

Brown University • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: death hurricanes nursing-homes natural-disasters government health-and-medicine

Tuned lighting helps older adults get a good night’s sleep

Tuned LED lighting that changes color and intensity over the course of a day and night helps older adults in nursing homes get a better night's sleep.

Brown University • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sleep nursing-homes light older-adults health-and-medicine led

School nurses should be leading the COVID-19 response, but many schools don't have one

School nurses were already overwhelmed, with hundreds of students and staff in their charge. Now, COVID-19 screenings and testing have become their priority.

Meg Sorg, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: education health children covid-19 coronavirus schools pandemic nursing vaccines public-schools k-12-education significant-figures pediatric-care

20% of US nursing homes still report PPE shortages

Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing homes in the US continue to report severe shortages of staff and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 nursing-homes health-and-medicine

How one community improved COVID-19 nursing home care with collaboration and communication

A new approach is making a big difference in Virginia.

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, Associate Professor Medicine, Geriatrics, University of Virginia • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: innovation covid-19 coronavirus pandemic elderly nursing-homes hospitals healthcare-workers nurses long-term-care

Health workers report enough symptoms for depression diagnosis

Health care workers in the United States are struggling with a range of mental-health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers report.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 depression anxiety stress physicians nurses health-and-medicine

Is telehealth as good as in-person care? A telehealth researcher explains how to get the most out of remote health care

Telehealth has seen massive increases in use since the pandemic started. When done right, remote health care can be just as effective as in-person medicine.

Jennifer A. Mallow, Associate Professor of Nursing, West Virginia University • conversation
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health medicine covid-19 coronavirus health-care telehealth chronic-disease hospitals healthcare doctors videochat diagnosis nurse remote-medicine

How racism in US health system hinders care and costs lives of African Americans

COVID-19 has again demonstrated the health inequities that exist between African-Americans and whites.

Ukamaka M. Oruche, Associate Professor & Director of Global Programs, Indiana University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  health-disparities  implicit-bias  racism  doctors  african-americans  nurses  african-american-health

The psychological trauma of nurses started long before coronavirus

COVID-19 is traumatizing nurses. Yet nurses have suffered trauma for decades, often due to insufficient resources, and changes within the field have been slow.

Karen J. Foli, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
June 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  mental-health  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  health-care  trauma  nurses

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