In a webinar hosted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) titled, “Be Confident Protecting Yourself and Providing the Best Care to Your Patients during this COVID-19 Pandemic,” Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, from Saint Louis University, spoke about how nurses can protect themselves and their patients during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
After conducting a pre-webinar survey, the ANA found that 14% of nurses are not concerned or afraid to come to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 48% are somewhat concerned or afraid, and 38% are very concerned or afraid.
According to Rebmann, healthcare workers are often at-risk during emerging infectious disease outbreaks. Healthcare workers can therefore inadvertently contribute to the disease if they are not protecting themselves and their patients properly.
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