Thursday, April 02, 2020

Nurse Keith's 4-1-20 COVID-19 Roundup

In these days of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems like the world is upside down and inside out. We are all reeling from the overwhelming disruption of most every aspect of human life: economics, work, and career; education across the lifespan, from preschool to post-doctoral research; faith communities; migrant workers; the undocumented; the frail, elderly, and vulnerable; transportation; small business; and the actual details of survival, including food, clothing companionship, and shelter.

Other than those still living who experienced World War II, the Holocaust, or even the 1918 so-called "Spanish Flu", none of us have a memory of such a devastating worldwide event. The AIDS epidemic at its awful zenith in the 1980s is the closest we've come since the Second World War, and that was enough to strike fear into the hearts of many and cause massive loss throughout the 80s and 90s until we got a handle on the virus and rendered it mostly a chronic illness that can be survived for decades by most infected individuals.

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Ever since the pandemic took off, I've been dedicating a great deal of my time to special solo and interview-style podcast episodes related to COVID-19. The following is a roundup of some of my recent written and audio work in this regard. Please feel free to explore the links and share any podcast episodes or article that you feel are salient for friends, family, colleagues, and others in your spheres and communities.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments, and I send my best wishes for the safety, health, and well-being of you, your friends, your family and loved ones, and your communities and colleagues.

Nurse Keith's COVID-19 Podcast Episodes 


As of this writing, I've published six episodes vis-a-vis the novel coronavirus circling the globe. To wit:


Nurse Keith's COVID-19 Update, #5 
Interview with nurse and spiritual coach Lisbeth Overton
On this special coronavirus episode of The Nurse Keith Show nursing career podcast, Keith interviews nurse and spiritual coach Lisbeth Overton regarding healthy and empowering coping strategies for nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 
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Nurse Keith's COVID-19 Update, #4
Solo episode 

On this special coronavirus episode of The Nurse Keith Show nursing podcast, Keith discusses various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including new symptomatology; excellent evidence-based medical podcasts; the stages of grief; and other salient issues and reflections. 
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Nurse Keith's COVID-19 Update, #3
Interview with Dr. Ted O'Connell, MD

On this special coronavirus episode of The Nurse Keith Show nursing career podcast, Keith discusses the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in the training of medical professionals with Dr. Ted O'Connell, the Founding Director of the Family Medicine Residency Training Program at Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine.

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Nurse Keith's COVID-19 Update, #2
Solo episode 

On this special episode of The Nurse Keith Show (one of many to come), Keith discusses new emerging diagnostic criteria for COVID-19; why airports are still open when only 10 people are supposed to gather at any given time; the potential for mutation of the coronavirus; and other thoughts and reflections on this vicious pandemic. 

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Nurse Keith's COVID-19 Update, #1
Solo episode 

On this special episode of The Nurse Keith Show (one of many to come), Keith discusses the social and economic ramifications of COVID-19; our responsibility as healthcare providers; how the coronavirus hijacks your cells; thoughts on the response so far; and how young people can play an active role in keeping everyone safer and healthier by not feeling invincible and unnecessarily putting vulnerable populations at risk.

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COVID-19: Nurses Responding Intelligently to the Coronavirus, EPS 268
Solo episode (my first related to COVID-19)

On episode 268 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing career podcast, Keith digs deep into COVID-19, the novel coronavirus marching around the globe. This episode focuses on how nurses can educate themselves and others, stay calm, and avidly counter the urban myths, conspiracy theories, and disinformation causing mass confusion and poor decisions being made by people and officials around the world. 

Highlights of Nurse Keith's COVID-19 Published Writings


Multibriefs News Service

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The COVID-19 pandemic is encircling our planet and the entire human family is facing great distress. The deadly impact of the coronavirus can be felt throughout every economy in the world, as well as in villages, rural communities, cities, and suburbs the world over. From shortages of essential supplies to the demise of thousands of small businesses, the ripple effects of this pandemic are beyond imagination.

Amidst the social isolation and the wide array of emotions elicited in most every individual, one concept stands out: the grieving process.

COVID-19: Of Hercules and Sisyphus
Multibriefs News Service

Excerpt:

COVID-19 is ravaging the global community, and the healthcare system writ large is struggling to maintain its hold on surveillance, treatment, testing, supply chains, personnel, and all manner of response to this unprecedented threat. We have not seen such a ferocious pandemic since the so-called “Spanish Flu” of 1918, and we are hard-pressed to hold the line as our interdependent and frequently flawed systems are taxed beyond capacity.

How can healthcare providers be most effective in these frightening and chaotic times? Is our fight against COVID-19, this novel coronavirus, Sisyphean or Herculean in nature?

You may recall that Sisyphus was a mythological figure who was doomed for eternity to roll a boulder up a mountain from sunrise to sunset, only to have it roll back down again where he would then pick up the yoke of his burden and resume his labors.

As for Hercules, he likely needs no introduction as his story is more firmly rooted in the human psyche than the aforementioned tortured soul. Hercules and Sisyphus are stories for these times, but which one we choose is up to us.

Ausmed.com

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Although mixed messages and conspiracy theories are throwing a wrench in the works of the public health response, there is plenty of evidence-based information available for both laypeople and healthcare professionals so to stay well-informed. 
For nurses and other medical providers working on the front lines, knowledge is certainly power.

Nurse Keith's Digital Doorway

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Greetings from Nurse Keith Nation HQ here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I'm spending the majority of my waking hours monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely in order to inform myself and my online tribe of nurses and healthcare professionals. Like many others, I'm doing my best to stay up-to-date and use my various platforms (as well as good old-fashioned emails and phone calls) to educate and inform as many people as I can about the latest developments regarding this very real pandemic sweeping the globe.

Multibriefs News Service

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At the end of the classic film, “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy, the na├»ve yet savvy heroine played by a young Judy Garland, wakes up in her bed on a bright morning following a frightening tornado and a grand, slightly nightmarish adventure of epic proportions. The sleepy Dorothy quickly realizes that it has all indeed been a dream, and she’s safe and sound at home. 
If only the COVID-19 pandemic was the same: a global nightmare from which we will all awake on a sunny Midwestern morning, surrounded by the people we love most.

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Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is the Board Certified Nurse Coach behind NurseKeith.com and the well-known nursing blog, Digital Doorway. Please visit his online platforms and reach out for his support when you need it most.

Keith is the host of The Nurse Keith Show, his solo podcast focused on career advice and inspiration for nurses. From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast.

A widely published nurse writer, Keith is the author of Savvy Networking For Nurses: Getting Connected and Staying Connected in the 21st Century and Aspire to be Inspired: Creating a Nursing Career That Matters. He has contributed chapters to a number of books related to the  nursing profession. Keith has written for Nurse.com, Nurse.org,, MultiBriefs News Service, LPNtoBSNOnline, StaffGarden, AUSMed, American Sentinel University, Black Doctor, Diabetes Lifestyle, the ANA blog, American Nurse Today, NursingCE.com, Working Nurse Magazine, and other online and print publications.

Mr. Carlson brings a plethora of experience as a nurse thought leader, keynote speaker, online nurse personality, social media influencer, podcaster, holistic career coach, writer, and well-known nurse entrepreneur. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely and talented wife, Mary Rives, and their adorable and remarkably intelligent cat, George. (You can find George on Instagram by using the hashtag #georgethecatsantafe.) 

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