EDITORIAL


https://doi.org/10.5005/jp-journals-10084-12152
Pondicherry Journal of Nursing
Volume 13 | Issue 1 | Year 2020

Nursing Workforce: The Talisman in the Pandemic Era


Subhash C Parija1, Renuka Kandasamy2

1Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry, India
2Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College, Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry, India

Corresponding Author: Renuka Kandasamy, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College, Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry, India, Phone: +91 9486537848, e-mail: principal@kgnc.ac.in

How to cite this article Parija SC, Kandasamy R. Nursing Workforce: The Talisman in the Pandemic Era. Pon J Nurs 2020;13(1):1.

Source of support: Nil

Conflict of interest: None

The perspectives on nursing services and nursing care acquire great dimensions and relevance in the scenario of health.1 This experience may not essentially reveal all of the facets of nursing services even in the modern era.2 Having said that, it is high time that we had recognized the important fact that nursing professionals depict a dynamic and progressive role in all the vital aspects of the healthcare delivery system.3

Nursing professionals play a crucial role in achieving the healthcare milestones by donning the most important link in the carefully articulated process of healthcare delivery. It needs to be emphasized that the duties of a nursing personnel ranges from providing not only highly specific nursing care but also holistically coordinating the work of other healthcare professionals. Thus, we could envisage total healthcare delivery to the sick and weary.4

The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 infection is taking a heavy toll globally.5 The noble efforts put in by the nursing personnel in the COVID-19 crisis bears ample testimony to the inherent potentials that nurses do possess in effectively addressing gigantic professional challenges related to the healthcare sector, in general and healthcare delivery, in particular.6 The response worldwide to this mega crisis has moved nursing services into a higher pedestal aimed at global focus.

Let us not forget the fact that the entire nursing community is also in the risk zone and on many an occasion, adequate rest and recuperation are also sacrificed in preference to patient care.7 The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance and relevance of the contribution of the nurses to health care from the viewpoints of prevention and promotion.8

I am quite sure that nursing personnel are well informed about the inherent challenges associated with providing high-quality care at a crucial time of pandemic. They have convincingly demonstrated how to improve productivity by coupling with sustained high-quality nursing care.9

The essential tenets of health care are firmly ingrained into the nursing profession, ever since the fledgling professionals had entered into the portals of a nursing school. Year 2020 being the year of the nurse and midwife ushers in greater hopes for the nursing profession and in the eyes of the World Health Organization (WHO), the nurses are the torchbearers of providing compassionate patient care.10

Stay safe!! Stay blessed!!!

REFERENCES

1. Kieft RA, de Brouwer BB, Francke AL, Delnoij DMJ. How nurses and their work environment affect patient experiences of the quality of care: a qualitative study. BMC Health Serv Res 2014;14:249. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-14-249.

2. Lorentz MM. Telenursing and home healthcare. the many facets of technology. Home Healthc Nurse 2008;26(4):237–243. DOI: 10.1097/01.NHH.0000316702.22633.30.

3. Cowie A. The dynamic effect on nursing of a changing health service: A Scottish perspective. J Res Nurs 2005;10(1):27–44. DOI: 10.1177/136140960501000108.

4. Milani RV, Lavie CJ. Health care 2020: reengineering health care delivery to combat chronic disease. Am J Med 2015;128(4):337–343. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2014.10.047.

5. International Guidelines For Certification And Classification (Coding) Of COVID-19 as cause of death based on ICD International Statistical Classification of Diseases (16 April 2020).

6. Albaugh JA. Keeping nurses in nursing: the profession’s challenge for today. Urol Nurs 2003;23(3):193–199.

7. Huang L, Lin G, Tang L, Yu L, Zhou Z. Special attention to nurses’ protection during the COVID-19 epidemic. Crit Care 2020;24:120. DOI: 10.1186/s13054-020-2841-7.

8. Müller O, Neuhann F, Razum O. Epidemiologie und Kontrollmaßnahmen bei COVID-19 [Epidemiology and control of COVID-19]. Dtsch Med Wochenschr 2020;145(10):670–674. DOI: 10.1055/a-1162-1987.

9. Raurell-Torredà M, Martínez-Estalella G, Frade-Mera MJ, Carrasco Rodríguez-Rey LF, Romero de San Pío E. Reflections arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Reflexiones derivadas de la pandemia COVID-19. Enferm Intensiva 2020;31(2):90–93. DOI: 10.1016/j.enfi.2020.03.002.

10. Cowell JM. Year of the Nurse-2020!. J Sch Nurs 2020;36(2):86. DOI: 10.1177/1059840520908074.

________________________
© The Author(s). 2020 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and non-commercial reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.