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Inspired by the strength of nurses around the world and driven by the desire to offer support, the inaugural cohort of the Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellowship came together to pen a letter to their colleagues on the frontlines of COVID-19.
To Our Fellow Nurse Healthcare Heroes,
At this very moment, the world is watching in awe as nurses are in the spotlight on the frontlines of an epidemic that poses more questions than there are answers. As we did during Ebola, Zika, AIDS and countless other outbreaks, nurses are answering the call to care for COVID-19 positive patients, often in spite of a dangerous scarcity of essential personal protective equipment. Today, nurses are battling many unknowns, seeing an unprecedented volume of patients, and risking exposure for ourselves and our families. Tomorrow, nurses will face new challenges, at times pushing ourselves beyond our areas of clinical expertise, while contending with increased pressures and dwindling protective inventory and supplies.
Despite the risks and unknowns, one thing is for certain: Nurses always show up to help provide safe, timely, effective and equitable healthcare. That is our legacy, our privilege, our honor. Now with the eyes of the world upon us, we have the opportunity for a defining moment, where we demonstrate the power and impact we have – at the bedside and beyond.
Now is the time to raise our voice. Working in close proximity with patients, we see what others don’t and that perspective is valuable and vital. We must all work to be included in the conversations around solutions and responses to COVID-19. Many of our colleagues are currently MacGyvering solutions – like retrofitting goggles, facemasks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) – and at the same time, keeping up with quickly-moving guidance. While not all heroes wear capes, nurses should wear PPE, such as masks, gowns, gloves, and goggles. Together we can use our voices to advocate for the profession to provide the best care for patients.
Show the world how we lead, innovate and support each other. Nurses and other frontline heroes have been rallying together by calling for donations of PPE and blood. Grassroots movements such as Strengthen Healthcare Ability to Respond to Emergencies or SHARE, spearheaded by the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, & Leaders (SONSIEL), are bringing more attention to the fact that healthcare workers cannot do this alone. This is a global fight, and our moment to show the world how we can come together to help support the greater good is now.
Even though many of the world’s daily operations are on pause, our work and ideas are not. We can leverage this moment to boldly pursue ideas that can improve patient care and care delivery. The systems that may have prevented us from being innovative are now dependent on it. We can amplify our ideas, expand our areas of expertise, and showcase our talents and innovation without pause.
We must take time to take care of ourselves. The challenges in the coming weeks are likely to intensify, and the uncertainty of this reality is sure to bring on added stresses. Many of us are exhausted and overwhelmed, and you may be as well. Be kind to yourself and generous with getting the rest you and your teams need. Continue to have grace with others and infect the world with a positive spirit.
We are twelve nurses who have come together as the inaugural cohort of the Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellowship with professionally diverse backgrounds spanning the ICU, ambulatory care, correctional facilities, mental health, entrepreneurship, academia and more. We know first-hand the impact you’re having on health, because we are working alongside you.
We believe that future generations of nurses will learn about how our profession led in this moment, sparking ideas born from necessity and impacting entire health systems and communities. This is already a defining moment for nurses. Let it also be one that helps the world see the profession the way we all do.
Thank you!10 Reasons Why RN’s Should Pursue their BSN Degree
To pursue a career as a registered nurse, there are two direct primary levels of educational preparation; an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). After finishing their degree, students of both programs take the same test called the NCLEX in order to become a registered nurse. However, there are some distinct differences in the educational preparation of both groups.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), cites that educational preparation of BSN nurses includes the following components of:
- Community Education
- Nurse Management and Leadership
- Patient Education
- Clinical, Scientific, Decision Making, and Humanistic Skills
The Difference between an ADN and a BSN Education
Besides the liberal education that a four year degree provides, most associate degree programs lack many of the separate nursing courses that a BSN program includes. For example, some of the separate nursing courses that may not be included in an ADN program are:
- Community Nursing
- Nursing Research
- Nursing Theory
- Psychosocial Nursing
- Health Assessment
- Nurse Management and Leadership
- Nursing Ethics
- Senior Seminar/ Special Topics/ Capstone
All programs vary slightly in how nursing courses are labeled and which courses they include in their curriculum. However, in general, ADN programs are constructed to compress basic nursing content into a few nursing courses. The focus of most ADN programs is nursing skill acquisition and NCLEX preparation.
Additionally, BSN programs teach their students nursing skills and NCLEX preparation strategies but they strive to deliver a broader educational perspective. Ultimately, one focus of a BSN program is on preparing their students to pursue advanced nursing degrees. As a result, BSN programs often focus on interdisciplinary course work, and strengthening their student’s writing and research knowledge so that students have the skills to succeed in graduate school.
Reasons to Pursue a BSN
#1 A nurse’s need to be prepared for the expanding professional roles as a result of an evolving health care environment which is increasing in complexity.
#2 Health care’s shift to primary and preventative care with less focus on the inpatient setting.
#3 BSN are prepared to practice in a variety of settings from homecare to case management.
#4 A BSN might land a new nurse their first nursing job. New nurse graduates that are having a difficult time being hired may have an easier time finding a job with a BSN. A change in hiring practices at many hospitals has resulted in hiring BSNs first, or only BSNs.
#5 A promotion into a leadership position. While upper leadership positions are increasingly expected to have at least a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, a BSN, depending on a hospital’s culture and expectations, could act as a stepping stone in a nurse’s career.
#6 Advanced Nursing. If a nurse plans on becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN), nurse executive, or a nurse educator, a BSN degree is usually the first step before going to graduate school.
Inspired by an article in Nurse Journal
PORTLAND, ORE – Sumner College is supporting those who support nursing education. Last week, they donated more than 1800 gloves, gowns, face-masks, and sterile equipment to nursing partners, Gresham Post-Acute and Rehabilitation, Vancouver Specialty and Gresham Rehab & Specialty to help support healthcare workers in this time of crisis.
Sumner College has been providing career focused education in the Portland area for over 45 years, and has graduated over 1,000 nursing students since 2010. Sumner College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Health Education Schools (ABHES), is authorized by the Office of Degree Authorization (ODA), and is approved by the Department of Education. Offering the only Associate Degree Nursing program in Oregon and Washington that does not require prerequisite coursework, Sumner College is privately owned with two campuses in the Portland area.
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