Ebola Virus Disease Resources
Caring for a Patient with Ebola
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Specialty Nursing and Leadership Organizations Commit To Partnership
Press Release — Oct. 17, 2014
Nursing Community Joint Statement — Oct. 24, 2014
Gratitude for Your Resiliency
A message from AACN President Teri Lynn Kiss.
Leaders in Unpredictable Times
An interview with AACN Chief Clinical Officer Connie Barden
AACN in the News
A Message to Our AACN Community Members
With recent and unfolding developments related to the care of patients with Ebola and the safety of healthcare professionals, we have established this area of the AACN website as a central location where you can find relevant information and resources as they become available.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called for every hospital to think about Ebola preparedness. As a nurse working in acute and critical care, you have no doubt been affected by reports of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases in the U.S., and may be thinking of possible implications for you and your practice.
As a galvanized community of exceptional nurses, you play a vital role in:
- Being prepared
- Staying informed with accurate information
- Educating others
- Protecting the safety of your patients, their families, your co-workers and yourself
It is possible that future patients with EVD will require care in acute and critical care units, and this prediction warrants an urgent reminder of well-established protocols for infectious disease control. The authority for these protocols is the CDC, and we strongly encourage you to review the important information and resources available through the links above.
We are grateful for your knowledge, expertise and commitment to providing excellent care to acutely and critically ill patients. We know our community will show its strength once again in the care of the most vulnerable patients and their families.
This is a time for us, as members of the AACN community, to be leaders and a steady rudder as we navigate this storm.
To Our Colleagues in the Media
We are standing by to collaborate with you in advancing the public’s understanding of the vital role nurses play in ensuring optimal care of patients and their families. We welcome your partnership in reporting accurately and responsibly on unfolding events. We put our trust in you to do so.
"My colleagues on staff and I have made supporting the practice of critical care nurses our life’s work because we believe they are the foundation that ensures very sick patients and their families get the care they need. This is a time to applaud and support the women and men who put themselves in harm’s way to take care of us when we are most vulnerable. These are good people doing important work who have recently encountered a virus that has not previously been seen in this country.
"Let’s support them as they focus, in partnership with other healthcare professionals and hospital leaders, on the important work they need to do on behalf of all of us who rely on their care."
-Dana Woods, CEO of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
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