From AIDS to COVID-19, America’s Medical System Has a Long History of Relying on Filipino Nurses to Fight on the Frontlines
In the early days of the pandemic, Susan Castor, a 64-year-old Filipino American nurse, would make her rounds taking care of patients at a transitional care unit at Community Medical Center in Toms River, N.J., wearing only a standard surgical mask, due to a nationwide shortage of PPE. Fortunately, Castor recovered after contracting the novel coronavirus—but countless other Filipino health care workers have not. The coronavirus has taken a devastating toll on Filipino nurses battling COVID-19 in the U.S. According to National Nurses United, as of April 2021, 24 percent of the nurses they surveyed who died from COVID-19 complications were Filipino; but, Filipinos only make up 4 percent of the total registered nurses in the country.news.yahoo.com
$100K donation to JU sets up scholarship for nurse practitioners
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The health-information network company Availity has donated $100,000 to Jacksonville University to establish a scholarship fund for advanced registered nurse practitioners who could practice independently from physicians under a new state law. Availity said in a prepared statement Tuesday that scholarships will be awarded by the university on a first come, first served basis and that applicants should apply at www.ju.edu/availity. In addition to announcing the establishment of the Availity Scholarship Fund scholarships, Jacksonville University announced it is offering online access to the 45 continuing education hours. Jacksonville-based Availity was founded in 2001 as a joint venture between Florida Blue and Humana. Through mergers and acquisitions, it has grown over the years into a health information network that connects more than 1 million providers and health-plan companies.
Dunkin giving all healthcare workers free medium coffee on National Nurses Day
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On National Nurses Day, all healthcare workers can get a free coffee as a small token of thanks for all they’ve done during the coronavirus pandemic. On May 6, all healthcare workers who visit a Dunkin location can order a free medium hot or iced coffee, with no purchase necessary, the company said in a press release. “As a brand with a long heritage of serving those who serve, we appreciate and honor the heroic work and unwavering commitment nurses and healthcare professionals show every day,” said Dave Hoffmann, CEO of Dunkin’ Brands. “Their selfless sacrifices inspire all of us to come together to do everything we can to support our communities. For more information, click here.
Sending hugs! Facebook has rolled out a ‘care’ emoji during coronavirus pandemic
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – To show support for frontline workers during the nationwide pandemic, Facebook has rolled out a “care” emoji. The emoji is a smiley face holding a huge heart. The emoji makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside! In Jacksonville, News4Jax wanted to show our appreciation for frontline workers by donating meals. We want to know, who do you care for?
Nurses take on child lead cases in Flint
The first of damaged lead pipes in Flint was removed Friday, but there's still a long way to go. Children who tested positive for high lead levels need to be regularly monitored, and some nurses assigned that task are being spread thin. Adriana Diaz reports.cbsnews.com
Ebola nurses ostracized after caring for virus patient
Ebola nurses ostracized after caring for virus patient Four nurses who risked their lives to save America's first Ebola patient told their story on "60 Minutes." "CBS This Morning" has extra material on how treating the Ebola patients has affected their daily lives. Scott Pelley reports.cbsnews.com