COVID-19

A sincere thank you to all those working to fight COVID-19.

We see the passion for your profession, & dedication to your patients. We commend you for your tireless care & commitment in these difficult times. In this, the Year of the Nurse & the Midwife, now more than ever it is essential that governments support & invest in their nurses and midwives.

As we face the current COVID-19 pandemic, this page offers an insight into the experiences of nurses working on the frontlines around the world. It also provides recommendations to Nursing Now groups, and resources to support you during this difficult time.

Our advice to Nursing Now groups

Demand that nurses are fully educated about COVID-19, how to recognise it, and prevent it. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is stressing that nurses should share information and learning, and back the World Health Organization’s (WHO) newBe Ready” campaign.

Using Nursing Now’s extensive network is one way to share what is happening where you are and what you are learning, as well as through your professional associations.

Ask for the supplies that you will need. Investing in supplies and equipment for nurses is essential to protect health workers, patients and the public. Work with your managers to make a data based case for what will be required.

Educate the public, your family and friends. Make sure that accurate information is getting out about hand washing, social distancing, and self-isolation. COVID-19 is a virus that seems to be easily spread so preventing spread with these measures will make a huge difference to the most vulnerable people. There is a temptation to think of the virus in the same way we think of other threats – that we should ‘stand up to it’ somehow, and not let our lives be disrupted. But this is not true – and as nurses, we know this. 

Look after yourself and your colleagues! There is a huge amount of stress for health workers right now – how are you coping? And can you offer support to a colleague? As WHO says – Be Kind!

Health and Well-Being

During this time of uncertainty and intense stress, it is important that you take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. Here you will find resources that we hope will provide support and comfort. 

COVID-19 Resources

We have collated some useful resources to help prepare you and your teams to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poetry Portal

Click below to read poems shared by nurses and midwives around the world.