Wednesday March 18, 2020
Dear Mass NAPNAP Members, Colleagues, and Friends,
We are a great community of nurse practitioners! The demand to step up to the plate has never been more challenging in our life as health care providers. Massachusetts NAPNAP members are at the forefront of the public health crisis brought on by COVID19. “Nurses are reliable and proven responders during infectious disease emergencies, providing safe, quality, compassionate and nondiscriminatory care to their patients and the communities in which they serve” (ANA, 2020). We are all those nurses.
There has been no better time for nurse practitioners to demonstrate their skills and ability to respond and deliver high-quality healthcare than during a public health crisis. Staying informed by the CDC, WHO, and DPH is an expectation of our patients and our profession. Being informed will keep you safe as a provider and as a spokesman within your community. Use your voice to advocate for yourself, your family, your patients, and your community.
Anticipatory guidance regarding COVID 19 is everywhere on the internet, good hand hygiene, not touching one’s face, but what you will not see but is equally crucial is to rest, eat well-balanced meals, and engage in exercise. As frontline providers please be sure you are getting adequate rest, staying well hydrated, eating balanced meals, exercising, spending time with loved ones, laughing, and making self-care a priority.
We expect that in the upcoming weeks and most likely months, there will be an enormous strain on the health care system. The anxieties of society will be accentuated. Families will be stressed not only about health worries but also financial strains. When runners prepare for a marathon, they take very good care of themselves in order to prepare for and finish the race. This is going to be a marathon for all of us. Pay attention to yourself, be kind to yourself, and allow compassion to continue to be present in your practice of healing.
Massachusetts NAPNAP Board of Directors