The COVID-19 pandemic is an unusual disaster in that it does not have a sudden event that is characteristic of other disasters such as earthquakes, fires, or hurricanes. We have not seen this type of prolonged pandemic response in our lifetimes. In order to prepare nursing students and licensed volunteers to respond to this disaster, clinical, academic, and workforce leaders created resources to inform and prepare responders to take care of themselves, patients, and communities. Guidance documents include:
- Understanding the benefits, risks, and other considerations in responding to COVID-19 crisis situations,
- Understanding what types of activities nursing students may be involved in depending on the acuity and location of the patients, and
- Preparing for a COVID-19 assignment.
For some nursing students and licensed clinicians, the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to give back to patients and communities. For others, COVID-19 presents a real risk to one’s health and well-being. We encourage everyone to take care of themselves and their families and be aware of the benefits and risks in responding to COVID-19. We wish everyone good mental and physical health and well-being during this difficult time.