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MU develops program to prepare for alternative care site staffing

 

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri is helping to lead a statewide effort to retrain and deploy retired nurses and other health care providers to alternative care sites (ACSs) for recovering COVID-19 patients. The coordinated response ensures that staff would be immediately available to assist whenever the need may arise.

The state has designated a site in Florissant and, if needed another possible site in the St. Louis area, Kansas City or Springfield to handle recovering COVID-19 patients and those with chronic conditions such as cardiac and pulmonary problems and diabetes. These sites ensure more hospital beds are available for patients who need higher levels of medical intervention and care.

Staffing these alternative care sites was an urgent challenge. About 800 retired nurses and other health care professionals, with and without active licenses, immediately answered the statewide call to volunteer. The varied group — from those long gone from nursing to those who had recently left the field — all required some level of vetting and retraining to prepare them to care for patients at these sites, said Shirley Farrah, assistant dean for Nursing Outreach at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.

The Missouri governor’s office turned to the University of Missouri to provide that high-quality training — and to do so in record time.

Within days, MU Health Care, the MU School of Medicine and MU Extension Nursing Outreach, along with Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) leaders, coordinated a response.

The training needed to be online and streamlined, with additional on-site training by DMAT clinical staff once at the ACS. The curriculum had to cover essentials such as vital signs, oxygen administration, EKG testing and early recognition of declining patient status. Most important, all trainees have to be drilled in meticulous handling and wearing of personal protective equipment.

Clinical nursing educators from MU Health Care’s Center for Education and Development had recently developed their own mostly online training program for clinic nurses in inpatient medical-surgical settings. The clinic nurses were among 800 MU Health Care staff members receiving specialized training, including front office staff, unit clerks and others who were also trained for performing nonclinical COVID-19-related duties such as helping with meal delivery, transport and other needs.

With input from DMAT, MU educators swiftly adapted this program to alternative care site needs. MU Health Care reached out to Elsevier/Mosby, a publisher of nursing education materials, and arranged complimentary access to these resources for the ACS nurses. Should sicker patients need to be assigned to these sites, nurses would also have access to online training that covers more complex nursing skills.

Dena Higbee, executive director of simulation at the School of Medicine and School of Nursing, identified other training resources around competencies such as detecting early warning signs of a patient’s deteriorating condition. The MU Mobile Simulation Van, approved as a mass casualties training unit, would also be available for on-site training, if needed.

Since the initial request from the state, nearly 300 nurses have been or will be vetted by DMAT and assigned to the appropriate level of training based on licensing status and nursing experience, Farrah said.

“The situation remains very fluid regarding statewide need,” she said. No additional staff has been called to the Florissant site at this time.

“And we are ready,” Farrah added. “The level of rapid response, coordination and collaboration among state, university, health care and extension leaders was heartening. It demonstrates that we have the will, desire and capacity to bring the right experts and resources together to help our state and fellow Missourians in this and any crisis if we face it together.”

The MU training response was coordinated by the Sinclair School of Nursing (Shirley Farrah), School of Medicine (Kathleen Quinn, Dena Higbee) and MU Health Care (Stephanie Hunt, James Parsons), with MU Extension Nursing Outreach and Community Health assistance.

Writer: Katherine Foran

VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT CELEBRATION!!

CONGRATULATIONS! Sinclair School of Nursing has some really fun things in store for you on our Commencement Celebration page. You’ll be able to:

  1. Link to commencement.missouri.edu to see what campus is doing.
  2. Students, Faculty and Staff can record and leave well-wishes on our Flipgrip program.
  3. You can sign the commencement guest book!
  4. Download fun fillable pages to post or make your own memory sheet.
  5. Download fun stickers and Facebook banners to support your nursing grad.
  6. See our featured Outstanding Graduate, Hannah Fortner
  7. Find your name on our virtual program. 
  8. Follow what we are posting and sharing on our social media sites.

  CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PAGE!

foam finger imageWe hope you have a wonderful day of celebration. Our graduates have worked so hard and deserve so much. All of us at SSON are proud of you and cheering you on until we can meet in person again.

 

 

Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale

Affectionately known as “the lady with the lamp,” Nightingale remains a role model for nurses in the 21st century. Her care of soldiers during the Crimean War is legendary, and her thoughts on nursing, ethics and various other topics still resonate today in her published works and letters.

Timeline of important moments in Nightingale’s life:

  • May 12, 1820 —– Nightingale experiences a “Christian calling” to become a nurse while living at Embley Park in Wellow, England.
 
  • Feb. 7, 1837—– Nightingale begins to visit hospitals.
 
  • 1844 —– Nightingale becomes the leading advocate for improved medical care in the infirmaries through the reform of the so-called Poor Laws.
 
  • December 1844 —– Nightingale declares her intention to become a nurse. She visits St. Vincent de Paul Sisters of Charity convent, where she learns nursing theory.
 
  • 1845 —– Nightingale makes her first visit to Protestant Deaconess at Kaiserwerth, which cared for the poor and later became a training school for nurses and teachers.
 
  • 1850 —– Nightingale spends three months training as a sick nurse at Kaiserwerth.
 
  • 1851 —– Nightingale accepts a job as post of superintendent at the Institute for the Care of Sick Gentlewomen in Upper Harley Street, London.
 
  • Aug. 22, 1853 —– Nightingale arrives in Turkey with 38 nurses and is stationed at Selimiye Barracks in Scutari (Istanbul).
 
  • 1854 —– Nightingale nurses British soldiers through outbreaks of cholera and typhus fever.
 
  • 1855 —– A public meeting to give recognition to Nightingale for her work during the war leads to the establishment of the Nightingale Fund for the training of nurses.
 
  • Nov. 29, 1855 —– After every patient had returned to Britain, Nightingale follows. She meets with Queen Victoria at Balmoral and tells her about the defects in military hospitals and needed nursing reforms. Nightingale plays a central role in the establishment of the Royal Commission on the Health of the Army.
 
  • Aug. 7, 1856 —– After collapsing, Nightingale is sent to Malvern, a healthcare resort, where she is put on bed rest for exhaustion.
 
  • August 1857 —– In her report “Notes on Matters Affecting the Health of the British Army,” Nightingale creates statistical charts to show the number of men who died from the conditions in the hospitals compared with those who died from their wounds.
 
  • 1858 —– Nightingale is elected the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society and becomes an honorary member of the American Statistical Association. Nightingale’s 136-page introduction to nursing titled “Notes on Nursing” is published.
 
  • 1860 —– Nightingale’s attention turns to the mortality and sickness rates of British troops and citizens in India. She gathers statistics and recommends sanitation procedures.
 
  • 1860 —– The Nightingale Fund is used to set up the Nightingale Training School at St. Thomas’ Hospital.
 
  • July 9, 1860 —– The first trained Nightingale nurses begin work at the Liverpool Workhouse Infirmary.
 
  • May 16, 1865 —– Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell and Nightingale open the Women’s Medical College.
 
  • 1869 —– Queen Victoria honors Nightingale with the Royal Red Cross.
 
  • 1883 —– With the help of the County Council Technical Instruction Committee, Nightingale organizes a health crusade in Buckinghamshire.
 
  • 1892 —- Nightingale is bedridden again, but continues to work on hospital plans.
 
  • 1896 —– Nightingale becomes the first woman to receive the Order of Merit from King Edward VII.
 
  • 1907 —- Nightingale passes away at age 90 in London. She is buried in the graveyard at St. Margaret Church in East Wellow, Hampshire, England.

Sources: Florence Nightingale Museum, Encyclopedia Britannica

Information found at Nurse.com

Florence Nightingale was a trailblazer and champion for the nursing profession. Her efforts established some of the first modern schools of nursing, and even now, her name is synonymous with compassion and philanthropy.

Our Nightingale Society members share that dedication and reverence for the education of nurses. Today, on what would have been Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday, we thank them for their support and ongoing commitment to the future of the Sinclair School of Nursing.If you would like to become a Nightingale member, please consider here.

2020 Virtual Awards Banquet

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing us to cancel this year’s annual awards banquet, we invite you to view a virtual presentation of our award nominees and recipients. Please take a moment to read about our award winners here.

We hope you will make plans to attend next year’s banquet so we can celebrate our school and the wonderful achievements of faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Stay healthy and safe until we can gather together again.

Sincerely,

Sarah Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor

Getting Through the Times – Thoughts from a Registered Nurse

By Wendy Boren
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

It’s coming. The end of this awful pandemic is coming because this too shall pass. But we’ve got an ugly fight ahead of us in our area. I’m a nurse, and I’m proud to say we’re up for it. But we need your help. In one week’s time the number of cases of COVID-19 in Cape Girardeau and surrounding counties has more than tripled. I work in long-term care, and I can tell you it’s here. This is what we need from you:

* Stay home! Every time you go out unnecessarily you put the lives of health care workers (your friends, your family, your neighbors) at risk and make that fight even harder, even longer.

* Spread joy! We all need some joy right now. A simple sign saying Thank-You, a text, a virtual hug, blowing our residents kisses through the window — simple acts of kindness mean everything right now.

* Get creative! If you’re an artist, a musician, a dancer, a carpenter — whatever your talent, share it with us virtually. Record yourself and send us the link so our residents have a reason to smile. This is a lonely time for them. They’re stuck in their rooms, away from their friends, out of their normal routine. We need the smiles.

* Make masks and face shields. I can tell you now, we do not have enough. Can’t sew? Cut fabric for those that can. Can’t get to the store? Order supplies online — they’re pretty cheap. Get your kids involved! They’re out of school and bored anyway. Make good use of that time and teach them true philanthropy.

I said it’s coming and it is — it’s already here. But you know what else is coming? Spring, true blue skies and bright flowers. And I believe, truly, that this pandemic is giving us a chance to rethink our world. What’s coming after all this hell? Children who will grow up to be amazing and compassionate leaders, new reforms on conversation, a new respect for those considered essential to keep life moving, and a new appreciation for our families and our communities.

I’m a nurse. I haven’t slept much lately. I’ve cried buckets of tears that you’ll never see. I’ve kept that smile and dug deep for the courage. We’re in for an ugly fight. Please help us however you can.

God Bless and stay safe.

Wendy Boren is a registered nurse who resides in Tamms, Illinois.