Hi Fellow Nurses!
How is today treating you? As we approach Thanksgiving, let's center ourselves and remember what we are thankful for.
I had a friend recently give some good advice about thankfulness.
He asked me the question, "what do you do when you first wake up?" My answer was rather lackluster, as I normally get right on my phone to check the time and then read my messages.
He recommended instead to take a few moments as soon as I am awake to list everything that I am thankful for.
Hmmm. Such a simple yet thought-provoking morning routine. Planned gratitude. What a wonderful reminder for this Thanksgiving holiday.
I tried his tip this morning and was surprised that I had SO MANY things to be grateful for. This simple one-minute mental note diminished my current problems and started my day on a positive note.
That was good counsel, my friend!
On a more somber note, I wanted to ensure that all nurses are aware of a brand new policy brief from 8 leading nursing organizations, including the National Council State Boards of Nursing.
This policy includes information that could impact your license and job if you are found to be disseminating misleading information about Covid-19, including vaccinations.
No matter your opinions on Covid-19 and especially vaccines, I just don't want any of you to be caught unaware of this policy that directly can cause an impact your livelihood.
I have it listed below for your review.
Per the National Council State Boards of Nursing, “Any nurse who violates their state nurse practice act or threatens the health and safety of the public through the dissemination of misleading or incorrect information pertaining to COVID-19, vaccines and associated treatment through verbal or written methods including social media may be disciplined by their board of nursing. Nurses are urged to recognize that dissemination of misinformation not only jeopardizes the health and well-being of the public, but may place their license and career in jeopardy as well”.
Here is the reprint of the press release:
Leading Nursing Organizations Issue Policy Brief Regarding Nurses Spreading Misinformation about COVID-19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Dawn M. Kappel
Director, Marketing & Communications
CHICAGO – NCSBN and seven other leading nursing organizations* have issued a policy brief to address the misinformation being disseminated about COVID-19 by nurses. The brief notes that when nurses identify themselves by their profession, they are professionally accountable for the information they provide to the public.
It is an expectation of the U.S. boards of nursing, the profession, and the public that nurses uphold the truth, the principles of the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses and highest scientific standards when disseminating information about COVID-19 or any other health-related condition or situation.
The brief concludes by stating, “Nurses are urged to recognize that dissemination of misinformation not only jeopardizes the health and well-being of the public but may place their license and career in jeopardy as well.”
The brief in its entirety may be read here.
*Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), American Nurses Association (ANA), American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) National League for Nursing (NLN), NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA), National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) and Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)
I apologize for ending this blog on such a glum note!
Anyways, back to Thanksgiving.
Hopefully, most of you don't have to work this Thanksgiving and if you do, try to make it as festive as you can. Here's to a joyful or peaceful or quiet or fun family-filled chaotic time. I wish for whatever you love and enjoy this holiday. Let us give thanks!