Although Thanksgiving may look a bit different this year, it is still one of our most meaningful holidays and the time to reflect and give thanks for all the people and blessings in our lives. As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I would like to express how grateful I am to our nation’s nurses – our healthcare heroes -- who have put their lives on the line each and every day. They have been the ones to “run into the burning buildings” and have stood courageously by the so many who have been sick and sadly, those who have passed, from this terrible virus.
World Kindness Day takes place every year on November 13. But this year is a particularly special one with a new type of “kindness hero” that’s emerged: teachers, supermarket cashiers, mail carriers… nurses!
2020 has been called the “Year of the Nurse” and for good reason. In the midst of a pandemic, nurses and other healthcare workers have put their own health at risk to save the lives of others. Their countless acts of selfless kindness and compassion are “contagious” and have inspired all of us at ACCESS Nursing Services each and every day.
Here are our Top 6 ACCESS Nursing Acts of Kindness of the year (although we still have 6 weeks to go!):
1) Once the pandemic hit, Louise Weadock, ACCESS Nursing CEO and veteran nurse, ran towards the frontlines and hasn’t turned back since. In her 45 years in healthcare, she has stood at the forefront of the AIDS Epidemic, SARS, MERSA, 911, Swine Flu, Ebola, H1N1 and now COVID-19. Leveraging her decades of knowledge, experience and skill combined with her determination, courage and compassion – the work Louise has done this year for COVID-19 has led to saving thousands of lives. In fact, Louise has been honored and recognized for her heroic efforts with awards from Crain’s NY Business and 914Inc/Westchester Magazine.
2) The COVID Care Force of 1,500 nurses recruited by ACCESS Nursing was a tour de force in helping hospitals overloaded with sick patients and managing their care with a shortage of nurses stretched beyond their limits. “These (nurses) are humans with hearts. These are humans with kids and families and homes that they can’t take care of right now because they have such a hardwired heart to care, they have to go out into this storm. It’s just… that’s how they’re wired,” explains Louise Weadock in a Healthline article.
3) Reassuring parents and a frightened public in fear of the unknown as the pandemic hit, became a crusade for Louise Weadock. Too often, the mental health issues that emerged and the greatly increased anxiety due to an unpredicted and unprecedented COVID-19 virus, had been forgotten or set aside.
4) “Caring for those who care:” we created the COVID Couch online support group to offer kindness and care to the many nurses struggling with depression and anxiety.
5) From donating blood to those in need to donating food and flowers to frontline workers at hospitals, including Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC, our team worked tirelessly to fill voids wherever they found one!
6) When the lockdown lifted and businesses were challenged with reopening and creating their own health screening programs, we launched a COVID Clear testing and tracking service to help and support the reopening of schools and businesses.
We are always seeking kind, caring, highly experienced professionals to join our ACCESS Nursing Services team of RNs, LPNs, CNAs, HHAs, etc. For more information, https://www.accessnursing.com/careers-join-access-nursing or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthy Halloween! This Halloween may look a bit different, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun! According to ACCESS Nursing COVID Clear Services CEO, Louise Weadock, the key to Halloween 2020 is to be “careful and not fearful!” Follow these helpful tips to safely go about your Halloween weekend.
ACCESS Nursing COVID-19 Care Force Nationwide Recruitment of RNs and PAs to Provide Care at the “Front Lines” for COVID Patients and to Save Lives
Demand for Home Care Increases as Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces “Dramatic Trend-Line in People Being Discharged from Hospitals” to Continue Recovery at Home
MARCH 30, 2020, NY – A team of 2,500 RNs and PAs from all across the U.S have been deployed throughout New York City, Westchester County and New Jersey to staff COVID-19 testing sites, hospital ICUs, nursing homes and to provide home nursing care for the rapidly growing number of COVID-19 patients now being released from hospitals to continue their recovery at home. The COVID Care Force (ACCESS COVID Care Force) continues to become the “Call to Arms” movement of nurses recruited, organized and led by ACCESS Nursing Services to join the front-line fight to save lives and fight the volatile COVID-19 virus that has already inundated the healthcare system in the NY/NJ Metro area.
As we start off the New Year, give the gift of life and become a blood donor. January is National Blood Donor Month and a perfect reminder about the dire need for blood donations. During the winter, there is always a lull in the number of blood donations and this is the time that your contribution is especially needed.