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Nurses are healthcare leaders

Covid-19   Hospitals & Health Systems   Leadership   Telemedicine

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The International Council of Nurses announced the theme for International Nurses Day 2021. Hint: It revolves around nurses having a voice. 

Today, we look at how nurse leaders can help their ranks, where new hospitals are opening, and what patients are doing during telehealth visits.


Leadership’s role in helping nurses during Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of stopping soon. As a result, nurse leaders must help promote the health and well-being of clinical nurses in all practice areas, but especially for those taking care of Covid-19 patients. Doing so can help reduce feelings of burnout and moral distress. Some steps that nurse leadership can take, according to authors of an article in Nursing Management, are:

  • Create a Covid-19 task force with a strong nursing presence.
  • Round regularly on all units to meet with nurses caring for COVID-19 patients.
  • Redeploy nurses to provide basic care, cover shift breaks, dispense medication, and take vital signs. This strategy may help relieve and refresh overburdened RNs.
  • Communicate directly with nurses to help promote transparency and can alleviate fear.
  • Make mental health services readily available to all staff. Additionally, ethics consultants and open forums may help nurses work through ethical challenges to lessen the burden associated with difficult decisions.

Highlighting nurses’ leadership

International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has announced that the theme for IND2021 is Nurses: A Voice to Lead—A Vision for Future Healthcare.

The theme reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on the health system and the nursing profession and how these might be affected into the future. Nurses, as the largest healthcare profession, must play an integral part in planning the future of healthcare.

ICN is calling on nurses to share their stories in the form of a case study to be a part of IND2021. 

  • Guidelines and templates on how to submit a case study can be found here
  • Case studies submissions and any questions should be sent to

Hospital openings

Hospitals closing or limiting services has been a trend, even during the pandemic; but, that isn’t everywhere. Here are six places that will be seeing new hospitals now or in the future.

  • Surprise, Ariz.—Abrazo Health opened the first hospital in the city on October 12.
  • Crookston, Minn.—RiverView Health opened a $51M hospital on October 25.
  • La Porte, Ind.—Northwest Health-La Porte is a $125M hospital that opened its doors on October 24. It replaces an aging hospital.
  • Dickerson, Pa.—Lehigh Valley High plans to open a hospital here in the summer of 2022.
  • Wilmington, N.C.—New Hanover Regional Medical Center plans to build a $210M hospital.
  • Lockport, N.Y.—Catholic Health plans to start construction on a 37,000-square foot facility in 2021and open it in 2023.



The percentage of telehealth patients who admit to surfing the internet, checking email, or texting during an appointment, according to a survey of 1,000 Americans by DrFirst. Other extracurricular activities patients do during telehealth appointments include: watching TV (24%), scrolling through social media (21%), eating (21%), playing a video game (19%), exercising (18%), smoking a cigarette (11%), driving a car (10%), and having a cocktail (9.4%).


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