This is the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth year. It was prescient that, in celebration of this and long before COVID-19, the World Health Organisation declared 2020 to be the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Nightingale launched a profession that has become indispensable to our society, particularly now.
As a result of good planning and decisive action, our health system is coping well with COVID-19. But signs are emerging of longer term impacts of the virus: the likelihood that we will face future waves of infection, even as this one passes; the mental health impacts of self-isolation on vulnerable people; and the long term impacts of infection on the lung and liver function of some patients.
At Curtin, we are dedicated to caring for the carers. They are not only on the front line of caring for us as patients, but will be relied upon to help our communities rebound in the future. This will take extraordinary skill.
Right now, we are developing short courses and online resources that will equip nurses and other healthcare workers to manage the new challenges they face daily, and thus strengthen individual and community resilience. With your help, we can roll these out to all nurses.
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As a nurse practitioner, Clinton Fonceca has had to quickly adapt to the rapidly-changing COVID-19 environment. He has taken on extra hours and adjusted to different ways of working to deliver the best care possible.
According to Clinton, nurses and other carers are being pulled in all directions, with many expected to become experts in new fields and others becoming increasingly “burnt out.”
“The implications of this pandemic will continue for decades. The anxiety experienced by frontline workers is due to the acute issues in front of us, as well as the forecast chronic diseases, namely mental health, over the long term.”
Clinton is clear that the educational resources being developed by Curtin in response to COVID-19 are essential.
“We all need to be upskilled to deal with the ramifications of this pandemic and other potential outbreaks in the future, so that our patients continue to recover and our health colleagues continue to practice to their best ability.”
“To the donors, I would say thank you. Not just for the donation but for understanding why it’s needed. It will make a huge impact into the future.”