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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsIt was the middle of the Crimean war in 1858. A young woman was treating British soldiers in a hospital tent when she was forced to confront her role as a field nurse. This young woman felt compelled to go beyond her training and began tallying fatalities and possible causes. She made copious notes, creating data sets of her observations.

Skip to 0 minutes and 37 secondsThat woman was Florence Nightingale and her discovery on hygiene is true to this day in the era of masks and sanitizers, in the era of COVID-19.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 secondsSo if you're a nurse on the frontlines of a pandemic and if you're trying to make some sense of what's happening to your patients, then perhaps it's time to examine the data and ask how can you use data to save their lives?

Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsThis week, following in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale, we will do precisely just that. We will examine the data on COVID-19 and understand how a local health situation has rapidly assumed global proportions. We will dig deep to learn about different health systems from around the world and what makes a robust health system. We will explore the role of a nurse during a health crisis and understand how we can adopt a holistic approach to engage the community.

Skip to 1 minute and 59 secondsYou'll also hear from nurses around the world who found themselves fighting pandemics like Ebola and SARS. But, first, take a look at the data surrounding patients dealing with COVID-19 in your area and answer the following questions. What is the mortality rate of patients in your community? Can you describe the segment of your local population that is most impacted by this pandemic? And what are the reasons for this?

Skip to 2 minutes and 38 seconds2020 happens to be the bicentenary of the birth of nurse statistician Florence Nightingale, so, fittingly, welcome to this course where together we will explore how data can be one of the most powerful tools that can impact the lives of your patients when fighting a global health crisis.

Welcome to the course

Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic

Welcome to COVID-19: Effective Nursing in Times of Crisis, a new short course putting front line nurses at the centre of the global response to an unprecedented health crisis.

Together, we are facing extraordinary challenges. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has turned the world upside down. The pandemic is a new experience for many of us and we face a mounting number of cases, rising death tolls and increasing suffering. The pandemic has found nurses on the frontlines, and casts an important spotlight on the work we do. As nurses face these challenges, we have to be guided by the data, just as Florence Nightingale was centuries ago.

COVID-19 has its own timeline and together we will use this course to look at local factors that influence screening, containment and mitigation. Understanding the data and the evidence for best practice is our power to make a difference.

Throughout the course, we’ll look at a range of resources, such as those provided in the See Also section below. You will also hear from experts sharing information in the context of a rapidly developing and evolving field.

These resources and information will be further illustrated by stories from nurses working on the front line of health care right now. You will get to see their individual experiences, and have the opportunity to share your own.

Millions of nurses around the world are facing similar challenges, dilemmas and successes. Your local context might differ slightly, but the many stories we are hearing reflect the dedication of nurses around the world.

Through engaging in materials and sharing your perspectives, you can gain a broader understanding of the issues, and share solutions to the many problems you might be facing. Case studies will let you investigate best practice strategies that can help you think through problems, find the best solutions, and adapt your practice to best meet the needs of the individuals, families and communities you serve.

Before starting, take a moment to browse through the selection of key resources and websites for COVID-19 in the See Also section.

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