POSTPONED: 2020 ABNF Conference has been postponed to 2021. Click Annual Conference.
Submit your photo, text, or short video to join ABNF in celebrating 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Our year-long celebration will feature you as a member of ABNF engaged in activities that address healthcare issues and the needs of our most vulnerable populations.
The Association of Black Nursing Faculty (ABNF) strongly advocates for the continuous referencing of COVID -19 guidelines as developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO), in this evolving situation. We are closely monitoring the modifications to practice protocol, and will share our understanding of the most current revisions to the guidelines from authoritative sources, to keep the ABNF membership abreast of the safest manner by which care can be delivered to patients diagnosed with the Coronavirus, and guidelines can be suggested for clinical placement in the academic setting.
What is known to date, is that this outbreak has reached pandemic levels. Virtually every continent on the globe has reported cases of COVID -19, at exponentially rising numbers. The epicenter in the United States appears to have emanated from several nursing homes near Seattle in Washington State where over 30 residents have succumbed to this infection. Nearly every state in the nation has reported cases, with the largest numbers in Washington, California, Florida, and New York. States of emergency have been declared by several governors and local public health county officials.
According to some recent reports, while thousands of Americans die from the flu each year, the death rate is below 1%. Conservative estimates of the death rate associated with the Coronavirus are closer to 1% to 3% for the more vulnerable members of the population. It appears to occur at exponential rates in those countries that have not taken needed precautionary measures. Within the US, the risk for contracting the disease remains low.
ABNF advocates for the recognition of the nurses who are called upon daily to meet the healthcare needs of their patients diagnosed with infectious diseases, and who understand that their professional commitment is to abandon no patient regardless of the diagnosis.
ABNF supports measures to address the Coronavirus outbreak made by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), and others in their call for objective and evidence-based approaches to the management of this public health concern.
ABNF joins with nursing and other healthcare organizations in the movement toward ensuring that only objective and scientific information will be utilized in the establishment of national guidelines and protocols in the management of the Coronavirus outbreak, both in national and global arenas.
ABNF applauds the efforts of the WHO in its endeavor to address this situation in protecting the citizens around the globe.
Suggested Guidelines for Clinical and Classroom Attendance
Students should not:
• Attend class or clinical, field placement or internships if they have been asked to self-quarantine by public health officials
• Participate in the care of known or suspected COVID-19 patients
• Engage in study abroad experiences until further notice
Suggested Guidelines for Cancellation of Clinical Placements
Faculty should consider canceling clinical rotations if the site location:
• has instituted crisis standards of care for COVID -19 patients
• is experiencing a staffing shortage
• cannot provide students with PPE
• is unable to follow CDC guidelines for appropriate environmental controls
• closes or suspends access to students
Suggested Alternative Assignments
To the extent possible faculty should ensure that all clinical time requirements are met with simulated experiences, alternate assignments, change in site location, or revised course sequencing, to assist students to meet regulatory requirements for graduation and licensure. Additionally, faculty should consider teaching theoretical content utilizing an online mode of instruction format.
ABNF is issuing its pledge of commitment to:
• Collaborate with other healthcare organizations in identifying measures to ensure the delivery of the highest level of care, with a special emphasis on addressing the healthcare needs of underserved populations
• Work together with other organizations in the dissemination of evidence-based guidelines to control and contain the spread of the Coronavirus
• Sustain efforts to ensure that underserved patients, families and communities will be kept abreast of the latest treatment modalities in the rendering of the highest standards of care
• Closely monitor recommendations from authoritative sources on the management and treatment of the Coronavirus
• Encourage the ABNF membership to partner with nursing leaders and others in the establishment of care monitoring procedures
As the recognized voice of minority nurse academicians, we are enormously grateful for the knowledge, expertise, dedication and commitment of our membership, and our focus on addressing the healthcare needs of the vulnerable communities we serve.
As with past outbreaks of HIV, Legionnaires, SARS and other infectious diseases, it is the discipline of nursing that is called upon to lead in the delivery of direct patient care. Recognized as the most trusted healthcare discipline, we are again pressed into service to calm the fears and anxieties of our patients and healthcare colleagues in addressing this national public health issue.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fsummary.html
World Health Organization (WHO) . https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
https://hub.jhu.edu/novel-coronavirus-information/ (Johns Hopkins University )