We would like to invite papers to this Special Issue of Advanced Practices in Nursing that will explore the immense contribution of nurses to this world in current COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is currently affecting 210 countries and territories around the world. As a newly identified virus there is currently no human immunity to it and no vaccine is available to prevent infection. As a viral infection, antibiotics are not an effective treatment.
It is a fast-moving evolving situation and as with any new strain of virus, the guidance for healthcare workers and health and social care services is being developed and updated frequently. This reflects the need to take a view of the global situation as well as the situation across the globe. Alongside a growing understanding of the infection risk of this new virus; incubation time, infectiousness and severity of the infection.
All nursing and healthcare staff, including, nursing associates, and healthcare support workers, must familiarise themselves with their local policies on emergency planning, infection prevention and control.
Critical care and emergency department nurses are likely to be looking after more acutely and critically unwell patients. Nurse to patient ratios may be much higher than usual and they may require support from colleagues from other specialties not necessarily related to emergency or critical care. Therefore, they may have to supervise non-emergency/critical care colleagues moved to support the care delivery to the critically ill patients in their departments.
Manuscripts can be submitted online at https://www.scholarscentral.org/submission/advanced-practices-nursing.html or send as an e-mail attachment to the Editorial Office at [email protected]caljournals.org.