Holding the Whole Catastrophe: Being a Nurse During the COVID-19 Pandemic

An honest conversation about what nurses have been facing on the frontlines and how we can honor their experience and begin the process of healing.

How do we heal the wounds of the pandemic? Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN and frontline nurse Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, NC-BC have an honest conversation about what nurses have been facing on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can honor the entire range of experiences and emotions they’ve experienced over the last 18 months.

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4 Resources for Nurses and Healthcare Workers

1) The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics has compiled a selection of videos and articles for healthcare workers facing the personal and professional challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2) The AACN American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently hosted a Facebook live conversation on dealing with the emotional toll of a prolonged pandemic.

3) WikiWisdom released a report titled “Frontline Nurses: Wisdom from Nurses So We Never Again Mishandle a National Healthcare Crisis.

4) The Resilient Nurses Initiative of Maryland partnered with WikiWisdom to create the Frontline Nurses WikiWisdom Forum. Their five key recommendations were released in “Mind the Gap: Preparing Nurses to Practice with Resilience & Integrity.”

Selected Articles from Cynda Hylton Rushton PhD, RN, FAAN

  1. Burnout and moral resilience in interdisciplinary healthcare professionals.” Journal of Clinical Nursing.   
  2. “Mindful Ethical Practice and Resilience Academy: Equipping Nurses to Address Ethical Challenges, American Journal of Critical Care.” American Journal of Critical Care.
  3. “The invisible moral wounds of the pandemic: Are we experiencing moral injury?” AACN Advanced Critical Care.
  4. “Measuring Healthcare Inter-Professionals’ Moral Resilience: Validation of the Rushton Moral Resilience Scale.” Journal of Palliative Medicine. 
  5. “Applying E-PAUSE to Ethical Challenges in a Pandemic.” AACN Advanced Critical Care.
  6. Suspending our agenda when confronting ethical challenges.” AACN Advanced Critical Care. 
  7. “Why are we doing this? Creating a new narrative to meet futility with integrity.” AACN Advanced Critical Care. 
  8. “Inter-professionals’ definitions of moral resilience.” Journal of Clinical Nursing
  9. “Concept analysis Moral Resilience.” Nursing Outlook 
  10. A Collaborative State of the Science Initiative: Transforming Moral Distress into Moral Resilience in Nursing.”The American Journal of Nursing


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