Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Nurses and Health Care Providers
The Delaware Nurses Association (DNA) extends our deepest appreciation and gratitude to our nursing and health care provider community here in Delaware. As you would expect, nurses have been on the front lines of this global pandemic. We have heard stories about nurses responding with compassion, generosity and expertise. We have heard of nurses in Delaware that have quickly responded to dying patients being treated or ruled-out for COVID-19, placed themselves at risk to care for our community, quarantined themselves from their families and loved ones to limit exposure, and signed up to complete drive-thru testing or be reassigned from their primary duties to help with this pandemic. These stories are humbling and inspiring, it is clear that the World Health Organization (WHO) designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife with good reason. Please know that DNA supports you and is grateful for your selfless contributions during these uncertain and concerning times.
Virtual Town Halls with Senator Chris Coons
Please join the Delaware Nurses Association and U.S. Senator Chris Coons for a virtual town hall with Delaware nurses. There are three virtual town halls, one in each county. Please see details below and register yourself for the town hall. Membership in the Delaware Nurses Association is not required to register for the town hall.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
COVID-19 Task Force at the White House
Delaware Health and Social Services - Division of Public Health
Delaware Nurses Action Coalition (DENAC)
DENAC is proactively preparing a list of nurses willing to volunteer during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Rita Landgraf, DENAC co-lead and former Secretary of Delaware Health and Social Services, is coordinating the statewide volunteer effort with the Delaware Division of Public Health and other state agencies. Nurses who are interested in volunteering should complete the volunteer form below to be added to the statewide repository of volunteers. Nurses will be notified when and if services are needed. This information will not be shared or used for any other reason other than identifying and deploying volunteers.
University of Delaware Disease Research Center Study on the Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
The University of Delaware (UD) Disease Research Center (DRC) is seeking to learn more about the health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are interested in learning about the experiences of a broad range of health care workers. They especially hope to learn about the experiences of nurses at work, the types of information and support they received, and how other in and outside of their workplace may have been treated during this time period. Findings from the study will be shared with the wider community and may help future planning to similar events.
We would like to invite you to participate in a short anonymous survey. By way of brief introduction, the DRC is the oldest center in the world devoted to social science and management aspects of disasters, founded in 1963. Since then they have conducted hundreds of studies on various crises, emergencies and disasters. They are always grateful to the participants in their studies, whose thoughtfulness enables advances in disaster science. More information on the DRC can be found at their website University of Delaware Disease Research Center Home.
Edinboro University - Department of Nursing Research Study on COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced healthcare providers to practice in challenging environments. Registered Nurses are at teh forefront ensuring patients get the best care possible. You are invited to complete a survey to measure how nurses are impacted by the demands and challenges. The study has had a limited exempt review by the Edinboro University Instituttional Review Board.
No matter whether you choose to participate in the study or not, remember that Florence Nightingale wrote that the nursing that she envisioned would not be seen for at least 150 years. That is now, and you are making the difference.
If you are interested in providing information, please follow the below link. You will find an informed consent with details related to the study. -Amy J. McClune, PhD, RN
Resources for Nurses and Health Care Personnel
Many private business and organizations are offering free or deeply discounted services and products to nurses and health care personnel working on the front lines of COVID-19. View the list below and check back frequently for updates. If you know of a business or organization helping nurses and front line health care personnel that is not on the list below, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Nurses Association (ANA)
The ANA's website contains information regarding ethics, infection prevention, PPE advocacy, travel, volunteering and more. Please check the website for ways to volunteer your resources at the national level and in other states. Please also view and apply their resources for mental health and well being of our nursing community. Be sure to register and watch their on-demand COVID-19 webinar.
ANA Nightingale Tribute
Leadership and Staff at both ANA and DNA would like to share in the loss of our great nurses we are hearing about across the United States and World. Please note we are collecting information on the untimely passings and encourage you to continue to share with us. Please kindly share the below information:
In addition, as you consider submitting your Nightingale Tribute names to ANA/DNA, please place an (*) next to all names that have passed away due to COVID-19 as a way for us to ensure we comprehensively track these special heroes. If you have questions or need assistance with your state's Nightingale Tribute submission, we are here to help.