It is well documented that for the 18th consecutive year, people trust nurses more than any other professional group (Gallup Poll, 2020).
In Kentucky, nearly 90,000 of these dedicated professionals bring babies into the world, care for people before, during and after major surgeries and illnesses and provide comfort and clinical expertise as the end of life draws near.
They also serve in myriad academic, business and industry and leadership roles. From licensed practical nurses to doctoral-level nurse practitioners and beyond, these are the people residents of the commonwealth depend upon to help them live healthy lives.
As cases continue to increase at an alarming rate, we have hit another crisis point in the COVID-19 pandemic. The message from the Kentucky Nurses Association, the voice for Kentucky nurses since 1906, is clear and simple: Trust Kentucky nurses — wear face coverings, wash your hands and practice social distancing; you could save a life.
We are aware of “COVID-19 fatigue”; nurses on the frontlines know about it all too well. Still, though, we must remain vigilant in our prevention efforts. The life you save might be your own or that of a loved one.
So, you say you are doing all you can and are following the rules? Perhaps you have even canceled those plans to gather with family this holiday season. That’s great; all Kentucky nurses applaud your efforts. We ask you to help us educate others about the vital importance of these preventative measures.
- If you have a fever or shortness of breath, get tested for COVID-19.
- Strongly share the danger of not focusing on the preventive measures with friends and family. Remind them that this not a political call to action; rather it is a focus on life-saving measures. It is as important as wearing a seat belt. Your life could depend on it.
- Contact us if your church or civic group would like a Kentucky nurse to present the facts about this most important topic at your next virtual meeting. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502-245-2843. Let us help. Every life lost is one to many.
Here is why it matters, from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person, mainly by the following routes:
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet).
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes, sings or talks.
• Respiratory droplets cause infection when they are inhaled or deposited on mucous membranes, such as those that line the inside of the nose and mouth.
• People who are infected but do not have symptoms can also spread the virus to others.
If this is just “more of the same” of what you see and hear daily on television, at work and everywhere else and is not close enough to home for you, we challenge you to think differently. What if you, your child, parent, spouse or sibling gets COVID because someone didn’t follow COVID prevention guidelines? That changes things, doesn’t it?
Donna Meador is president of the Kentucky Nurses Association Board of Directors. Delanor Manson is CEO of the Kentucky Nurses Association. They can be emailed through Stephanie Smith at Stephanie@kentucky-nurses.org