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National Nurses Month

May is National Nurses Month! Please join us as we recognize the contributions of nurses and reflect on all they do to sustain the health of our communities.

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May 1 – Join us as we Celebrate National Nurses Month

Join us as we Celebrate National Nurses Month

For the second year in a row, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has declared May to be Nurses Month, recognizing the nation’s largest health care profession and honoring the critical and life-saving role that they play around the state, county, and world through the pandemic.

The UW School of Nursing joins the American Nurses Association and Washington State Nurses Association in celebrating National Nurses Month. This recognition adds to the growing national and international support for the role nurses play in our healthcare system, our community, and in combating the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines.

Executive Dean Azita Emami reflects on the importance of National Nurses Month and the role nurses play in the health of our communities.

May 5 – International Day of the Midwife

Midwifery is a transformative experience

Midwifery is one of the oldest professions and human activities. The presence of skilled and empathetic human support during pregnancy and childbirth is vital to our survival. Midwifery has a philosophical basis that places high importance on shared decision-making between the midwife and the patient/family, while treating every patient as an individual with unique needs.

Nurse-midwifery, as a practice, has evolved quite a bit in the past century. The scope has expanded beyond childbearing to include reproductive care outside of pregnancy and even primary care. The American College of Nurse Midwives Competencies have recently expanded to include care for transgender individuals.

Read more about Jenny Rose Wilson one of our #HuskyNurse Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse-Midwifery alumni who has seen midwifery as a transformative experience.

Read more about our amazing #HuskyNurse DNP Nurse Midwifery students – Arlene Johnson, Kathryn Newton and Katherine Winters

Read more about one of our #HuskyNurse DNP Nurse Midwifery faculty Molly Altman and her latest research on Perinatal patients, nurses explain how hospital pandemic policies failed them

May 6-12 – National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week runs May 6 through May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nurses’ week is an annual celebration of nurses worldwide for the work they do for others. The week allows people the chance to acknowledge the nurses in their lives. It also provides an opportunity to thank nurses within the industry as a whole for the work they’ve done.

During COVID-19, nurses have worked tirelessly on the front lines to ensure that people who need help are cared for. The pandemic has taken a toll on nurses’ morale and mental health. Nursing, in general, is stressful and COVID-19 only amplifies that. Therefore, it’s even more critical to use nurses’ week to reach out and celebrate the nurses around you and throughout the world.

Executive Dean Azita Emami

Executive Dean Azita Emami’s ‘insider–outsider’ perspective shapes her UW School of Nursing leadership. “Whatever  I do, whether professionally or personally in my life, it’s very deeply and strongly impacted by my identity as an immigrant.” Read more here

 

May 8 – National Student Nurses Day

National Student Nurses Day

Our student nurses are preparing for careers as leaders, innovators, and competent, caring providers. The UW School of Nursing is proud that our Husky Nurses make an impact in communities around the world.  From world-class medical centers in Seattle to clinical care provided in rural communities, they are dedicated to promoting nursing research and building improvements in health and healthcare. 

And never has the need for nurses been so relevant. Look at almost any news story image of care being delivered during this pandemic and you see nurses on the frontlines. However, in addition to coronavirus, there is another unseen and largely unrecognized crisis lurking. While around 150,000 nurses graduate from colleges and universities across the country each year, the American Nurses Association estimates that we need to educate more than one million new registered nurses by 2022 to meet our country’s growing healthcare needs. Unless we in the U.S. act now and make substantial investments in educating more nurses and empowering them to provide a full spectrum of care, patients and communities will suffer in the future. 

Below are a few stories about our student Husky Nurses 

  • Husky Nurse Doctor of Nursing Practice student Liam is fighting the front lines of COVID-19. He said to be part of a history, a health care provider in the midst of a global pandemic helping people who have contracted the virus, is something he thinks he’ll look back on with pride.

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  • Due to COVID-19 our nursing students have to attend virtual classes and in-person clinical practice opportunities are canceled. They’re eager to use their skills and knowledge during this historic challenge to human health and well-being had few options.We have partnered with Public Health–Seattle & King County to give students several opportunities to join frontline efforts to meet health needs and treat patients suffering from COVID-19.

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  • Husky Nurse PhD student, Katie experienced workplace violence and shares her experience, her road to recovery and how she plans “interweave her own experience to inform change and advocate for primary prevention.  She want to focus on generating research that informs policy change, education, and prevention of workplace violence

Read More

Visit our Student Spotlight to learn more about our Husky Nurses, their passion for nursing and how they plan to become future nurse leaders. 

May 12 – National School Nurses Day

The important role school nurses play in our communities

May 12, 2021, is National School Nurse Day, set aside each year to recognize the hidden health care system that serves our nation’s children. School nurses are on the front line addressing the health needs of every student in their schools – those who are well and those with chronic health problems. They are available to all children, even those whose demographics and social factors play a significant role in their health. Because of their location in the community, school nurses are critical to health equity efforts – not every child has access to health care, but every child can have access to a school nurse. School nurses train staff to provide care when they are not in the school building – delegating the safe and legal administration of medications and treatments, preparing for emergencies, and planning for staff and student safety. They also ensure that school districts follow laws around immunizations, vision and hearing screenings, care of students with chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes, seizure disorders, and severe allergies. School nurses keep a watchful eye to prevent health problems on school playgrounds, cafeterias, and classrooms and conduct the necessary surveillance to detect, address and prevent the spread of infectious illnesses such as COVID-19. Nurses in our schools make sure every child can readily access medical and behavioral health care.

While a child’s health condition should drive their access to a registered nurse at school, too often, it is driven more by their zip code. A recent National Association of School Nurses’ workforce study shows that the further west a student lives in the U.S., the less reliable their access to a school nurse becomes. In Washington State, most school nurses serve students in multiple schools, and in rural areas, this entails driving long distances between schools. Despite the vital role school nurses play in keeping our children healthy and ready to learn, funding for this specialized profession comes primarily from local budgets. It is often one of the first services cut when budgets are constrained.

Please join us in honoring our school nurses today and every day. In partnership with parents, schools, and other health care staff, they are the key to keeping our students healthy enough to stay in school, ready to learn, and grow into a healthy generation.

-Dr. Mayumi Willgerodt, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing, University of Washington School of Nursing

-Katie Johnson, Lecturer, University of Washington School of Nursing

1 Willgerodt, M.A., Brock, D., & Maughan, E. (2018). Public School Nursing and School Nursing Practice in the United States. Journal of School Nursing, 34(3), 232-244. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1059840517752456

 

May 12 – Celebrating Florence Nightingale’s birthday  

May 12 – International Nurses Day

May 17 – 20 years in the nursing profession

UW Bothell assistant professor Dr. Meghan Eagen-Torkko shares her story

May 19 – American Nurses Association Releases Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 4th Edition

May 21 – Nurses and the COVID-19 pandemic

Stories from the front lines

Shavonne Reynolds

“As a nurse on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been vital to identify my feelings and use them as opportunities for self-care, learning, helping patients and families, and showing gratitude to my amazing colleagues.”-Shavonne Reynolds BSN ‘15, DNP Student ‘23

Read more on our Facebook page Husky Nurses on the frontlines share their experiences

May 25 – Nursing and the homelessness

Tent City 3

University of Washington welcomed back Tent City 3 (TC3) this quarter— an organized tent-city community — on its Seattle campus for 90 days during winter quarter 2021. 

In the past, our nursing students have provided foot care to this community, but it was discontinued due to COVID. Emma, Vivek and Fabrizo are three of our ABSN students who got involved in helping to advocate for bringing foot care back to this community. According to streetroots.org – “People experiencing extreme poverty and homelessness often suffer from foot problems caused by ill-fitting or worn out shoes, wet shoes, shelter showers shared by hundreds and often teeming with contagious skin diseases, abscesses and infections, long hours spent selling papers and standing in lines and, finally, the need to walk miles every day for survival, often shouldering a heavy pack.” There were some very real concerns about whether it was safe to come on to the premises to provide this care to the residents given the potential exposure to COVID. 

Before moving any further in advocating for safely caring for this community, Emma Paroff, Vivek Naik and Fabrizio Delgado reached out to TC3 leadership to talk with the residents to determine whether they wanted this service. They received a resounding yes that they were indeed interested in having onsite foot care and the students started to discuss more seriously how to make this happen. Through the support of our faculty Dr. Wendy Barrington, Dr. Anne Hirsch, and Lois Thetford (UW MEDEX program) they were able to collaborate with University District Street Medicine to bring foot care events staffed by nursing students to the camp every other week. 

They had their first event on 1/11 with Emma, Vivek and Fabrizio along with our three faculty members as preceptors.  

“It was an incredible experience being welcomed into the TC3 community and providing foot care to seven residents. Each resident received a foot bath, assessment/recommendations on caring for their feet, a foot scrub and moisturizing, and a new pair of socks,” said Emma.  Our students got to learn how to evaluate and care for feet as well as get to know more about their neighbors. They sent out a sign-up sheet to nursing students to staff the remainder of the shifts this quarter and it was full in under an hour.  

“I am grateful to be going to school with a group of future nurses that are compassionate, generous, and eager to learn,” said Emma. 

Our students completed a second foot care clinic. Foot care is an essential part of one’s overall health, and being able to provide this service is significant, especially because it is something that the TC3 residents have showed strong interest in. They are looking into partnering with University District Street Medicine to have the Mobile Health Van onsite during the clinics, giving the residents the chance to get any other medical concerns assessed. However, these foot care clinics are so much more than providing services for the physical health of the residents.

“As we care for their feet, we are given the opportunity to truly connect with our neighbors at TC3. We get a moment to laugh together, and most importantly, listen to, and learn from their stories. Getting this chance to connect with our neighbors while providing healthcare is what makes these foot care clinics so special! This would also not be possible without the amazing UW School of Nursing staff and the 2020 -21 ABSN Cohort. It is inspiring to be a part of a School and Cohort that have a dedication to serve and work within the community,” said Vivek.

A fourth foot care clinic was completed. There were nice conversations with the residents who shared their life stories, concerns and there were even laughs. This clinic brand new shoes were offered to the residents donated by Super Jock ‘N Jill. In addition, UDSM Mobile Health Van was present in case resident expressed further health concerns they would like help with.

“Along with the volunteers were the UW School of Nursing and UW Medex staff who provided their foot care expertise while having their own warm conversations with the people of TC3. We all had a great time getting to know one another, our U-District neighbors,” said Fabrizio.