Rush nurses always rise to the challenge. The rapid emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the winter of 2020 brought us new challenges every day. Innovation ruled the day. How to better care for existing patients, many with chronic conditions who needed ongoing care. How to provide the most effective care to our COVID-19 patients, when new information was emerging every day. How to keep ourselves and our patients safe. It was a time when we depended on our “health care heroes”.
We are gratified to share just a sampling of the stories that relate the Rush nursing experience with COVID-19.
Nurses in the SICU/CVT-ICU quickly transitioned to a team staffing model in April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic surge to increase their ability to care for critically ill patients requiring.
On March 9, 2020, a multidisciplinary team of ED physicians, nurses and leadership met to design the workflow and physical layout that would be needed in order to keep staff and patients safe in light of the impending COVID-19 pandemic.
In March of 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic, large in-person groups were becoming a physical health risk and change needed to occur at the Rush Day Hospital.
As the pandemic hit RUMC in March 2020, the Professional Nursing Practice department in combination with the clinical nurse specialists and educators, began providing personal protective equipment training to ensure staff safety.
In August 2019, a multidisciplinary prone committee was developed in a collaborative effort to address the transition of prone positioning of an adult patient with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) from utilizing a mechanical rotation bed to a process of manual prone positioning.
High Risk Outreach to Heart Failure Patients during COVID: A Multidisciplinary Effort to Engage Patients
This multidisciplinary initiative was launched in March 2020 in response to a sharp decrease in the number of hospitalized heart failure patients during the spring of the COVID Pandemic.