Summary of COVID-19 Ushers In Decades of Change for Nursing Profession

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The COVID-19 pandemic crisis could make a lasting impact on the way nurses do their jobs, according to an informative article on the Johns Hopkins University news website. While general readers are likely aware of the revolution in telemedicine, they may not know how nurses’ scope of authority expanded in many states during the crisis. Both shifts could affect the nursing profession long after the pandemic wanes, with benefits to patients and health care providers alike. The author, Katie Pearce, writes for Johns Hopkins.

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Katie Pearce is a senior writer at Johns Hopkins University.

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The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the role of nurses in health care.

The COVID-19 pandemic probably affected – and elevated – nurses more than any other health professional. Although nurses represent four out of every five health care workers, they often remained invisible. But the pandemic shone a light on their crucial role in the provision of care – particularly during a crisis – and drew attention to the risks they face to do their jobs.

Nurses’ work on the front lines of the pandemic crisis often required long hours, unpredictable schedules and flexibility. The crisis also highlighted the potential benefits of giving nurses greater autonomy.

Telehealth’s expansion transformed nurses’ roles.

In less than two years, remote care has become a common and familiar practice. Nurses had to adapt quickly, but the change helped them work efficiently while protecting patient safety...


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