4 Ways to Help Nurses in and Out of the Hospital

 

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“Sometimes I inspire my patients; more often they inspire me.”

- Unknown

During these challenging times, nurses are finding their positions harder and harder to manage with each passing day. These hard-working individuals are everyday heroes, and now more than ever, they need community support.


Here’s how you can help nurses and other healthcare professionals stay safe and show that they are loved and cared for:

 

1. DIY Face Masks

 

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Facemasks can be very difficult to come by during these tough times. Many businesses and companies have donated what they can, such as Nintendo, who gave 9,500 face masks to Coronavirus relief efforts (wow!).

Since resources have been depleting, people are hitting the sewing machines! There are many guides on making hospital-safe face masks by hand, and by using a sewing machine.

Here are a few mask-making guides:

  1. https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/how-to-make-a-face-mask.html
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN0HH2Zb2hY
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9RWII2-5_4

 

2. Make them Soup and Comfort Foods

 

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Not all hospitals are accepting food donations, but if you know a nurse, how about dropping off some soup at their home? Of course, be mindful of the social distancing if you decide to do this.

Here are a few soup recipes:

  1. Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup
  2. Hearty Chicken Pot Pie Soup
  3. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

If cooking is not your forte, check out Grandmas Chicken Soup. Their website is filled with soup and extra goodies, including a “Quarantine Soothers” package, mac and cheese, breads and cookies, and gluten-free options.

 

3. Bring on the Dogs!

 

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We need “man’s best friend” more than ever. Studies are limited, but according to the CDC, “based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.” Try searching in your area to see if a therapy dog would be the right choice for your local hospital.

 

4. Say “Thank You”

 

You may have seen that hospitals all over the world are participating in the social media message: “We Stayed At Work For You, You Stay Home For Us.”

Please remember that healthcare professionals are risking their lives to provide care for their patients and even non-patients. A simple, handwritten card can make a meaningful impact on a nurse’s day to remind them that we see them, we hear them, and we are eternally grateful.

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy! To subscribe to our blog, please click the link below.

 

Written by Heather Morris

SAMC’s Nurse Residency Coordinator

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