Johnson & Johnson Foundation is pleased to partner with Women in Global Health (WGH) on a digital Action Labs series to foster dialogue on how gender inequity is impacting the global response to COVID-19.
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“Nurses are the front lines of public health,” says Kate Garrison, RN BA, who has been in the field for over two decades, including in her current role as case manager at a small community hospital in New England. Garrison feels the two disciplines—public health and nursing—need to talk to each other more. “Nurses are gathering public health data all day long,” she adds, “but it isn’t seen that way because no one is asking them to share that data.”
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Health workers take on so much – they are tireless caregivers; advocates; and confidants, often undertaking a considerable amount of emotional pressure in their jobs. This couldn’t be truer during the pandemic, and health workers around the world are feeling the strain. A recent study shows that more than 33% of nurses stated their mental health as bad or very bad, underscoring the concern that the current pandemic will lead to an increase of stress and job burnout among health care workers.
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Lately, I've found myself thinking about my mother and grandmother more than usual. My mother, who served as a nurse for decades, and my grandmother, who spent her career as a pharmacist, are my lifelong inspirations for putting patients' needs first.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen the impact of overburdened health systems pushed to the limit and the heart of those systems – our health and other essential workers – rise to the occasion with remarkable expertise and determination despite enormous risks. But that determination clearly comes at a cost and begs the question: How can we better care for those who are caring for us?
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