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A Thank You to All Health Care Workers

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Published: Apr. 28, 2020 at 12:20 PM CDT
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Health care professionals spend years training for the worst-case scenario, but they seldom are faced with an issue as all-encompassing and sweeping as COVID-19. The crisis is a source of fear and uncertainty, but also of hope and resilience as the world recognizes the amazing and vital work that health care professionals provide every day. As health care educators, we would like to extend our sincere and earnest gratitude for all that you do. In celebration of Nurses’ Day, we would like to especially thank the dedicated nurses who care for patients at their bedsides in acute care, long-term care, clinics and all communities!

has numerous alumni who are on the frontlines of this issue, both locally and nationally. Jen Anderson, MHA, RHIA (‘10) is the Chief Compliance Officer at Nebraska Methodist Health System and is now serving as the Planning Section Chief and Operations Section Chief of the Health System Incident Command Center. “I am challenged to think of new ideas and documentation methods to make practices operational, maintain communications among all our affiliates and keep up with the ever-changing law right now.”

Like Anderson, Stacie Ethington, MSN, RN-BC (’09, ‘15) is finding herself with new roles and responsibilities during this time. She is a Medication Safety Nurse Specialist at Nebraska Medicine whose role has shifted since the outbreak of COVID-19. “I am reviewing workflows and potential best practices that are arising due to the pandemic, including evaluating the use of IV pumps outside isolation rooms and modifying workflows for dual nurse verification of medicines,” she says.

Ethington and Anderson are like thousands of health care workers across the nation whose daily roles are changing. They are grateful, however, because their new roles allow them the opportunity to make a difference and work with dedicated individuals who are committed to caring for those affected by the pandemic.

Caring for others during a pandemic can add another layer of stress to an already stressful calling, so remember to care for yourselves as we navigate through this pandemic and know that Clarkson College is here for you.

Whether you’re treating patients, educating people about healthy practices or enacting policies to keep communities safe, your work is vital and indispensable. We thank you for your dedication and commitment to keeping us safe.

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