‘A Slap in the Face to Nurses’: What We Heard This Week

‘A Slap in the Face to Nurses’: What We Heard This Week

“The governor has put this policy out and still, no masks are required. It feels like a slap in the face to nurses right now.” — Tessa Johnson, MSN, RN, president of the North Dakota Nurses Association, about a new state policy allowing healthcare workers with asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections to continue working at hospitals and nursing homes.

“It’s surreal and very disturbing.” — Bert Johansson, MD, a pediatric critical care physician on the onslaught of COVID-19 cases in El Paso, Texas.
“When the first wave ended and they saw there were no new cases, they thought they had ‘escaped.’ They had mask-burning parties. To their great surprise, a few months later, the next wave comes by.” — Stephen Morse, PhD, of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, on the response in San Francisco after the first wave of the 1918 H1N1 “Spanish flu” pandemic.
“It was like the audio and video on the TV were out of sync.” — G. Caleb Alexander, MD, MS, of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, discussing conflicting reports presented at an FDA advisory committee meeting about the investigational Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab.
“You might end up with a situation where you think you have protection, but you don’t.” — Marcus Schabacker, MD, president and CEO of ECRI, on performance tests his group conducted on hospital gowns.

“When people think about the opioid epidemic, they don’t usually think about how it impacts children and teens, specifically.” — Lorraine I. Kelley-Quon, MD, MSHS, of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, on new guidelines from the American Pediatric Surgical Association for post-operative opioid prescribing in kids.

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