2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and it has been an unprecedented time for healthcare professionals. The COVID-19 pandemic has left its clinical and economic mark on countries around the world.1 Domestically, the US has seen notably sharp recent increases in cases in California, Florida, and Texas among rising rates in several other states.2,3 With all that is and has been going on, it can be easy to miss important news updates when trying to stay informed on current events. Let's take a look back at the last 6 months to highlight popular and relevant Nursing2020 content.
January kicked off the Year of the Nurse and Midwife with a compelling and eye-opening feature on nicotine toxicity, which focused on preventing child and adolescent exposures to e-cigarettes and e-cigarette products. In the following month, an insightful addition to the Legal Matters department discussed failure to act and nurses' obligations to patients. A popular March feature examined vertical violence, a type of bullying that describes a manager's hostility toward a subordinate. April saw another well-received article, which discussed nursing considerations for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.
In March, COVID-19 was declared a national emergency.4 By May, editor-in-chief Linda Laskowski-Jones recounted a business trip to the Pacific Northwest in an editorial and detailed her brief stay in Washington State when the pandemic first made headlines in the US, describing behaviors that would soon become commonplace. Her June editorial would go on to detail its economic and societal impact, urging for improved disaster preparedness. She then participated in a more in-depth discussion regarding COVID-19 in the debut of the Nursing2020 Podcast, which is currently on its second installment with a third to be released on Friday, July 31.
Throughout the year, Nursing2020 has provided valuable information and a well-rounded view on a variety of healthcare topics geared toward frontline nurses, educators, leaders, and researchers. Online or in print subscriptions provide access to a range of high-quality content, including monthly CE opportunities and members-only access to exclusive Nursing2020 online content, and the upcoming coverage is slated to be every bit as relevant. For late-breaking news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!
1. Almukhtar S, Aufrichtig A, Bloch M, et al. Coronavirus map: tracking the global outbreak. New York Times. 2020. www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/coronavirus-maps.html.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases in the U.S. 2020. www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html.
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. United States COVID-19 cases and deaths by state. 2020. www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases.
4. The White House. Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and members of the Coronavirus Task Force in press conference. 2020. www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-vice-president-pence-members-coronavirus-task-force-press-conference-3.