As the COVID-19 shutdown began last week, TNA President Jeff Watson sent a note lamenting the lack of resources for vulnerable populations and what could be done to assist. He ended his message with “We have to do something. I IMPLORE YOU to mobilize in your communities.”
Yes, TNA is actively advocating for nurses daily – sometimes hourly – and our focus is making sure that nurses are practicing in the safest, most effective way possible. However, we know that nurses also want to help in their communities, and sometimes the nurses themselves need help. Below are some reminders of how we all might contribute to care for our neighbors, family and ourselves.
How can I assist the vulnerable populations?
Call and check on them – just hearing a friendly voice can ease their minds.
Ask if you can pick-up groceries for them when you go to get yours.
Send them a card to brighten their day.
I want to do more to help, how?
Call local businesses to see if they can donate PPE (nail salons, contractors, high schools).
Advocate for nurses by following the news online and contacting your state representatives.
Stay away from others when not working so that you don’t get sick or if you’re exposed you won’t expose others.
Write letters to soldiers, a great project for a family.
Send cards and notes to those in nursing homes who are being isolated.
Make sure you, your family and your friends are all aware of the recommended guidelines and encourage them to follow them.