Nursing Amid the Pandemic: How Much Has Changed

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On March 11, 2020,  the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a global pandemic. Covid has taken the world by storm, 228 Countries and Territories around the world have reported a total of 60,727,035 confirmed cases and 6,477,018 deaths.

The daily living of millions of people had been interrupted because of pandemic imposed lockdowns. Its sudden emergence and rapid virus transmission greatly challenged the health system of countries world wide.

Health professionals had to blindly navigate during the first wave of the covid-19 pandemic. Their mental and physical health had been exhausted during those times, as they faced rapid virus transmission and staff shortages due to the bulk of infected patients.

Among those health professionals, nurses played an essential role in managing the spread of covid-19. Nursing services during the  covid 19 pandemic taught us how home nursing is constantly adapting and evolving. We will now talk about the pandemic and the shift of focus of home nursing

Awareness and Health campaigns

The coronavirus disease is a respiratory virus transmitted via droplets, close contact, and fomites. Lockdowns were imposed on infected areas to prevent the spread of the covid 19.

With the pandemic imposed lockdowns, many essential services were cut down even so patients were still surging at hospitals. The media made us aware of every struggle our health care providers had to go through during the covid 19-pandemic. From our house, we saw how health professionals battle the disease.

A qualitative study on the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the mental health of healthcare workers who worked in health services providing treatment and care for covid-19 patients dealt with stress, anxiety, and depression.

Home health care workers also experienced such incidences while dealing with patients in home care. Another qualitative study that talks about the experiences of home care nurses during the covid-19 pandemic modified their competencies to care for and diagnose covid-19 patients via telehealth. All home care nurses experienced physical and psychological symptoms and the fear of infecting others.

Public health information and awareness about the corona virus disease helped in infection control.

More personalized, patient-centric care

Amidst the pandemic, home care agency managers propose to make the nursing services more tailored to patients staying at their homes or nursing homes.

Staff training focused more on disease control  to prevent further adverse outcomes with older adults suffering from different health conditions that makes them more vulnerable.

All staff were advised to wear proper personal protective equipment to protect the health of their patients and themselves from the coronavirus disease. To care for their patients staying at nursing homes, health care providers had to adapt by having their consultations online.

Home nursing pandemic is an important alternative to facility-based, especially for infection control during the covid-19 pandemic. This type of home care utilized a more personal and patient-centred care treatment.

Shifts in working conditions and protocols

Staff shortages were evident during the pandemic period. To prevent the virus transmission, health care workers underwent serious decision-making in pursuing their passion for caring for the sick against their care. These job challenges led to decreased services among health care facilities because of the lack of manpower.

As the majority of healthcare workers got vulnerable to covid-19, home care agency managers, clients, and aides had to shift the working conditions of healthcare workers. They had to come up with conditions and protocols to manage patients without compromising the health of their own healthcare workers

To compensate for a load of patients, public health had to provide a health system to optimize the staff schedules and establish different protocols.

Protocols included staff training for covid-19  swab testing among all patients, especially newly admitted patients with criteria of coronavirus disease. Staff are also instructed to optimize proper personal protective equipment use which includes, coveralls, N95 masks, gloves, head cover, shoe cover, googles, surgical mask and surgical gown.

Maintenance of essential services such as adequate sanitation within hospitals and nursing homes. Proper patient information screen, confinement guideline and triage protocols all help in infection control. Furthermore, instructing family members and family caregivers of these protocols help in disease control

Constant pursuit for better and more effective communication with the elders

With most older adults infected during the pandemic, this makes us think of ways to focus on the advancement of communication among geriatric patients.

As family members and caregivers, we must remember the physiological changes present with older adults. Deterioration of the five senses, that makes it difficult to talk to them and have them understand you.

To have better and more effective communication with the elders, you must always have the care and compassion you want to experience when you get older. The thought of what if you were in their shoes would you like to experience the treatment you were giving.

Seniors do hear and understand you; they just have difficulty hearing. To have them understand, you speak in a slow, clear loud voice, loud but not shouting.

A better example for the pursuit of effective health care is the Ontario ministry the focuses on helping people stay healthy, which is achieved through administration of high qulity health care, that is patient centered. Most regulated health professionals apply this vision to never settle for less and always aspire to be better in providing health care services.

Love for the people and the elderly

By 2030, data sources show that 18.7% of Singaporeans will be 65 years and older. Most populations in Asian countries are culturally known to be respectful and loving toward older people, as they are valued for their wisdom. they share with the younger generations.

Most cities are packed with buzzing streets, noise and pollution, so most retire in populous provinces. Most seniors enjoy the peace and quiet provinces offer, however, in some cases, some people prefer to stay in nursing homes or hire informal caregivers to assist them with life.

When the pandemic hit, many people tried to hire elderly care in Singapore for their sick elderly this shows their undying love and personal support for their family members.

Home care during the pandemic influenced nursing to grow and adapt to future pandemics. Having people give their personal support and be with them in times of need makes you feel stronger and much ready to fight off any future pandemics.

Final words

The covid-19 pandemic taught us the importance of health care and the ability to adapt and evolve in times of great need. Studies of home nursing Singapore during the pandemic aimed to use relevant nursing structures that outlined a set of functions and measurements required for handling a pandemic, and that can be applied to various medical emergencies and contingencies.

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