Globally 2020 was marked as the official Year of the Nurse and Midwife to celebrate and recognize the contributions of nurses to everyone in the world. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, it reinforced the need to further support the nursing profession across all levels.
Whether it’s a TikTok™ challenge, a dance, a heartwarming message of gratitude, or images of the nurses in your lives, consider sharing the spotlight with nurse supporters!
Contest ends in May, don't miss this opportunity to show your support!
It has been over one year since the emergence of Covid-19 in Connecticut. This report provides a detailed snapshot of Covid-19 in Connecticut over the past year, including Covid-19 statistics, the economic impact on residents and businesses, progress made, and the light ahead.
Findings From 2020 Survey Show Nurse Practitioners (NPs) Continue to Provide Quality Health Care During the Pandemic
AUSTIN, TEXAS (April 12, 2021) – The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) recently released findings from its 2020 National NP Sample Survey. In every state, NPs continue to deliver comprehensive, high-quality care in settings ranging from primary care clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care centers and nursing homes to patients’ homes through virtual visits.
EYE ON THE FUTURE OF NURSING - What Lies Ahead for Nursing
Read the last of three articles exploring ways in which frontline nurses may be affected by recommendations of the forthcoming National Academy of Medicine Future of Nursing 2020-2030 study. For this third article, interviews were conducted with nurse leaders from diverse practice areas to see how their thinking about the future had shifted as 2020 drew to a close.
AJN, American Journal of Nursing
Death, Through a Nurse’s Eyes - A short film offering a firsthand perspective of the brutality of the pandemic inside a Covid-19 I.C.U.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has eclipsed the one year mark, the New York Times wanted to feature the day to day work of the ICU nurse; and their holistic and critical role related to patient care, nursing excellence and commitment to the profession.
This is an unprecedented view into the ICU, showcasing how the nursing team leads care for our patients each and every day. and offers interviews with staff so we truly can understand the impact of this pandemic on the nurse.
Click on the image below to watch video by New York Times.
Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) welcomes students pursuing initial degrees in nursing to apply for a 2021 Nursing Scholarship. Scholarships available are made possible through established charitable funds. Six scholarships will be awarded to students enrolling or enrolled in an accredited college/university as full-time or part-time undergraduate students and meeting the eligibility criteria below.
Application Deadline is May 10, 2021
This scholarship is open to:
ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
§ Must maintain a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
For your convenience, here is a direct link to the application online: HFSC 2021 Nursing Scholarship Application.
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Hospital for Special Care Foundation
The Connecticut Center for Nursing Workforce, Inc. and the Connecticut League for Nursing, Inc. are very proud to be the catalyst for engaging the Country Duo, Brown & Gray, to write and perform a song entitled, “You Didn’t Have To” in honor of our Connecticut nurses, and nurses around our nation and the globe!
Therefore, it is truly special that the Daily News in the UK agreed to premiering the video of Brown & Gray performing the song on Christmas Eve morning!
The Connecticut Center for Nursing Workforce Inc., (CCNW) invited NursesEverywhere to support the national promotion efforts to amplify this “nursing anthem” to a fever pitch; and they created a music video…. Thank a Nurse, Wear a Mask!
By clicking the image below, you will be directed to YouTube to watch their video. You may even see some Connecticut Nurses!
Funded by Fairfield University Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies
Choosing the Right Path for You
Congratulations on considering a graduate education! There are many options and choices for nurses when making this choice. To invest your time and money wisely, please consider the following questions/information when evaluating your options. This informational brochure was created by the Connecticut League for Nursing’s Council of Deans & Directors and the Connecticut Healthcare Educators Group to provide nurses with the best support to succeed.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN RETURNING TO SCHOOL
Recommendation: A strong clinical foundation supports a diverse and successful nursing career. Nurses may want to practice 1-2 years before entering a graduate school program.
Recommendation: Ask a nurse leader for input concerning your readiness for a graduate education.
QUESTIONS ABOUT CHOOSING A PROGRAM
QUESTIONS ABOUT RETURNING TO SCHOOL
The following questions are specific to this topic and very important!
Recommendation: Nurse Practitioner placements are extremely competitive in Connecticut, so it is very important to thoroughly investigate this area.
Recommendation: Reach out to graduates of the school to discuss placement details as they can offer different insights than recruiters.
Recommendation: Validate and verify the school has regional and national accreditation.
Recommendation: Check the CT Nursing Guide for program and accreditation details by visiting CTNursingGuide.com.
What is the price per credit?
How many classes are required per semester/term?
How long are terms/semesters?
What financial support is available from the school or other sources?
Are there technology requirements such as hardware (computer specifications) or software requirements?
What other costs are involved and how often do they need to be paid such as lab fees, e-book fees, technology fees, instate or out of state fees?
What is your organization’s tuition support policy?
Recommendation: Talk to current students to gather as much financial information as possible.
Recommendation: Review the financial details of the program carefully and calculate costs. Sometimes a school with a higher per credit price may not cost more than other schools.
Recommendation: Meet with Human Resources to discuss tuition support, available discounts, reimbursement schedules, associated work commitments, etc. (if your employer requires a work commitment, does your employer have opportunities for you to practice in this new role?)
National Policy Brief: U.S. Nursing Leadership Supports Practice/Academic & Partnerships to Assist the Nursing Workforce during the COVID-19 Crisis
The Connecticut League for Nursing’s Council of Deans & Directors Supports that National Policy Brief and Highlights below how our Colleges and Universities can Partner with Practice Settings to Support a Robust and Safe Nursing Workforce during the COVID-9 Crisis and Aftermath.
This policy brief is a collaborative effort of nursing leaders who propose & support academic/practice
partnerships between health care facilities and pre-licensure registered nursing (RN) and practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN) programs across the country during the COVID-19 crisis. This is one potential model to consider. It is not mandated, rather an innovative approach to meeting academic and workforce needs.
The proposed model requires cautious evaluation at the local level with a clear understanding that:
Pre-licensure RN students from diploma, associate degree and baccalaureate degree nursing programs and PN/VN students from certificate nursing programs could augment and support nursing services in health care facilities.
Propose that our pre-licensure nursing students and associated faculty from our Schools/Programs of Nursing augment the nursing workforce within healthcare facilities in the following areas:
Nursing students would be employed by the facility on a full- or part-time basis and work in the role of a student nurse for compensation and, in conjunction with the student’s nursing education program, would receive academic credit toward meeting clinical requirements.
Connecticut practice settings would dictate the employment relationship directly with the pre-licensure student, and the awarding of academic credit for such experiences (Capstone’s) would be decided upon by each academic institution in alignment with current University/College policies and practices.
Moreover, NOT all students may choose to engage in these academic/employment opportunities as their participation is NOT mandatory.
This opportunity will not only provide much needed clinical education to assist in meeting program requirements, it is an unparalleled opportunity for nursing students to assist the nation in a time of crisis and learn the principles of population health and emergency management. This academic-practice model demonstrates that in the midst of a periling disruption in the environment, such as COVID-19, continuous innovation can occur.
1. Health care facilities and nursing programs are encouraged to promulgate plans to take advantage of this opportunity and make every effort to reach out to eligible nursing students and inform them of the opportunity.
Practice Setting will share opportunities with the CT Nurses’ Association, CT Center for Nursing Workforce & CT League for Nursing- RN Student Day Attendees if registered directly with CLN, CT Center for Nursing Workforce to promote; and via their organization’s website, social media, and other communication platforms.
2. Health care facilities and nursing programs are encouraged to collaborate to identify ways to accomplish appropriate faculty supervision of the nursing student-employee to achieve the final learning outcomes of the nursing program. For example,
Options for Engagement & Collaboration:
The above examples illustrate a few ways in which the Connecticut School & Programs of Nursing can support growth and development of the incumbent:
3. Nursing program leaders/faculty are encouraged to work with health care facility representatives to align clinical skills and competencies with the nursing student-employee work role/responsibilities.
CT’s Schools and Programs of Nursing utilize the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Core Competencies (MA DOE, 2016) in their curriculum design as well as other best-practice competency models including QSEN.
4. Nursing student-employees must have planned clinical practice experiences that enable the students to attain new knowledge and demonstrate achievement of the final learning outcomes of the nursing program.
The Schools and Programs of Nursing have compiled best-practices, virtual experiences, and simulation that have been distributed to all faculty to ensure that program objectives and outcomes will be met at the end of the final year of study and program completion. As Simulation is an everchanging modality for nursing education, it is imperative that Connecticut Colleges/Universities have the needed resources to ensure program excellence. Through the Healthcare Simulation Network of CT (HSNCT) supported by the Connecticut League for Nursing, leaders of the Simulation Centers can best identify and recommend the critical resources for a robust Simulated Learning experiences that will meet program outcomes at all level.
5. Nursing programs should consult with their State Board of Nursing to ensure clinical requirement regulations would be met with this opportunity and experience.
Through the Council of Deans & Directors, the CT SBEN approved a motion during the March 18, 2020 Nursing Board meeting to approve the use of alternative clinical experiences for nursing students of advanced standing.
6. Nursing programs are responsible for informing nursing students of the risks and responsibilities associated with working in a healthcare facility at this time. Additionally, nursing programs are responsible for communicating with students about their rights to be protected from infection and their options for completing the clinical practice requirements of the nursing program.
Schools and Program of Nursing will not be soliciting students directly to participate in these voluntary work experiences.
Endorsement by National Nursing Organizations and Associations:
Planned activities for 2020-2021
The CCNW is positioned to spearhead a statewide Healthcare Workforce Demand Initiative to secure workforce data from all Connecticut practice settings, this includes: