Nursing – Covid – 19
In December 2019, discussion of a novel Coronavirus began making headlines. By the spring of 2020, the virus had become a global pandemic. The ever-changing climate facing the nation and world continues to evolve with new guidelines and recommendations being offered by reputable and non-reputable sources.
Discuss the following impacts of the novel Coronavirus using available data and scholarly sources to support your stance. Keep in mind, the information is updating and fluctuating making this a difficult subject to discuss. For the individual, the emotional impact should not be discussed until the reflection portion of the assignment. Remain as objective as possible throughout the assignment.
- Political Climate:Discuss the political climate surrounding the novel Coronavirus on a local, national, and global perspective. Provide specific examples but remain objective. Do not share opinion; instead, remain objective and review specific points to indicate how the political climate either shapes or is shaped by external forces.
- Legal Implications:Review legal implications as impacted by the novel Coronavirus. Identify and discuss a legal case directly linked to the virus. Remain objective and discuss associated facts of the case.
- Policy:Identify one local, national, or global policy impacted by the novel Coronavirus. Provide a review of the policy before and after changes as impacted by the virus. Analyze the impact of the policy change and discuss how the policy impacts individuals and populations?
- Interprofessional Healthcare:Review how the interprofessional healthcare team has been impacted by the novel coronavirus. Identify specific roles and review changes to daily responsibilities. Include a review of at least three disciplines in addition to nursing.
- Nursing Implications:Discuss nursing implications impacted by the novel Coronavirus. Identify and review at least three nursing duties, responsibilities, or role changes due to the virus. Analyze the impact of these implications for the nurse, the patient, and populations.
- Reflection:Reflect on how the novel Coronavirus has changed your life. Include personal and professional impact using the above categories as an outline. Share in a professional manner and do not over-politicize. This is not meant to be a social media posting opportunity.
- Scholarly Writing:Paper is to be at least three pages in length (not including title and reference pages). Paper is to be formatted using APA style with correctly formatted in-text citations and references. Use of first-person (or “I”) is acceptable in the reflection section only as per APA guidelines. Use at least three scholarly sources. Refer to the WCU Library for writing assistance.
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Pearson, A. A., Prado, A. M., & Colburn, F. D. (2020). Nicaragua’s surprising response to COVID-19. Journal of Global Health, 10(1), 1–5. https://doi-org.westcoastuniversity.idm.oclc.org/10.7189/jogh.10.010371 (Links to an external site.)
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The political climate surrounding the novel coronavirus can be described as one of division and disunity in the local, national and global perspective. There have been many issues in the local setup related to the implementation of social distancing measures and vaccination mandates across many states in the US. Therefore, the implementation of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus has been made an important political issue by local leaders and authorities. Although some leaders support the implementation of measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, there has been strong political opposition to various social distancing measures masks and vaccine mandates in many areas across the US (Weible et al., 2020). The political divide between Democrats and Republicans has therefore been evident at the local level as Republicans are more likely to oppose social distancing measures, wearing masks and vaccine mandates, while Democrats are more likely to support such measures as being essential to the control of the novel coronavirus. Republicans believe that liberty and freedom are more important than the enactment of different restrictive rules to control the spread of a virus or disease (Weible et al., 2020). On the other hand, at the national level, the political climate surrounding the novel coronavirus has been similar to that of local levels. When the Covid-19 pandemic began in early 2020, the significant political split between Democrats and Republicans was evident. Then President Trump ignored guidelines to impose lockdowns and other social distancing measures to curb the spread of covid-19 while Democrats supported such measures. Therefore, President Trump, a Republican, was more focused on the impact of the novel coronavirus and the suggested lockdown and social distancing measures on the economy as opposed to the negative health impacts of the virus (Weible et al., 2020). Finally, on the global stage, the political climate has had an effect on the response to the novel coronavirus. In an ideal state, a strong global initiative and cooperation will be needed to trace and detect cases of a given disease and provide funding for non-profit research for cures and vaccines. Strong global initiatives are also required to balance between important trade and travel restrictions. However, with the onset of the novel coronavirus, global initiatives have been significantly discredited by different political agendas which have been opposing the concept of globalization. The role of global institutions such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations have therefore become diminished in the recent past, making it hard for them to coordinate a response to novel coronavirus (Weible et al., 2020).
The legal implications of the novel coronavirus have mainly related to the lawfulness of quarantine powers of different state governments. For instance, in the state of Alabama, the Monza v. Ivey Case was filed on August 11, 2020. The case involved an individual citizen challenging the Alabama governor Kay Ivey’s authority to issue mask mandates that would help curb the spread of covid-19. The plaintiff argued that the mask mandates that the Alabama governor issued were in violation of the Alabama administrate procedure act and were therefore illegal. However, the Montgomery County circuit court judge dismissed the lawsuit and allowed the mask mandate to continue in Alabama (Gostin & Hodge, 2020).
The local policies have been impacted by the local national and global policies that have been impacted by the novel coronavirus or policies related to vaccination and testing. Before the onset of the novel coronavirus, individuals could visit any place locally, nationally, or globally without being tested for the novel coronavirus or having vaccination certificates. In sharp contrast, since the onset of the novel coronavirus, individuals are required to produce the latest test results for the covid-19 or vaccination certificate before being allowed to move freely in local, national, and global areas. The travel restrictions that have been enacted locally, nationally, and internationally as a result of the Covenant in pandemic have therefore resulted in significant disruption to the day-to-day lives of individuals (Weible et al., 2020).
The interprofessional healthcare team has been significantly affected by the novel coronavirus as a result of the changes in specific roles and responsibilities. Due to the high number of cases of the novel coronavirus that were witnessed in 2020, most healthcare facilities were overwhelmed with patients. This made healthcare facilities need more physicians and nurses. Most healthcare facilities assign different health care practitioners the role of providing primary care to patients. For instance, some mental health care providers, physiotherapists, and even plastic surgeons were assigned primary care roles (Donnelly et al., 2021).
The novel coronavirus impacted three main nursing duties, which made nurses more involved in patient education, monitoring patients in intensive care units, and daily consultation with patients. The high number of patients that were infected with the novel coronavirus made many nurses be given full practice authority to consult directly with patients and monitor patients in the intensive care unit (Donnelly et al., 2021). Nurses were also involved in patient education. Therefore, the novel coronavirus has made it clear that nurses require full practice authority to address the challenge of the rising demand for healthcare services in the US.
The novel coronavirus has had a significant impact on my personal life because of the lockdown measures and restrictions to movement. I have therefore adapted to working at home and being able to maintain an adequate work-life balance. On the other hand, the novel coronavirus has greatly increased my workloads at my place of work but has also helped me to grow and progress significantly professionally.
Donnelly, C., Ashcroft, R., Bobbette, N., Mills, C., Mofina, A., Tran, T., Vader, K., Williams, A., Gill, S., & Miller, J. (2021). Interprofessional primary care during COVID-19: a survey of the provider perspective. BMC Family Practice, 22(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-020-01366-9
Gostin, L. O., & Hodge, J. G. (2020). US Emergency Legal Responses to Novel Coronavirus. JAMA, 323(12), 1131. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2020.2025
Weible, C. M., Nohrstedt, D., Cairney, P., Carter, D. P., Crow, D. A., Durnová, A. P., Heikkila, T., Ingold, K., McConnell, A., & Stone, D. (2020). COVID-19 and the policy sciences: initial reactions and perspectives. Policy Sciences, 53(2), 225–241. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11077-020-09381-4