COVID-19 Initiatives

Group photo of Rush nurses

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.

Increased ECMO Volumes

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.

Transforming the ED to Manage a Pandemic

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.

Change of Care for Rush Day Hospital Patients

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. 

Professional Nursing Practice and PPE Super User Team: Ensuring Staff Safety during COVID-19

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.  

Developing and Implementing a Prone Committee in Readiness Response for the COVID-19 Pandemic

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.  

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