INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
SPN Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Society of Pediatric Nurses joins other national nursing, medical and healthcare organizations to advocate for the safety of those on the front line of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic response. As of March 25, 2020, 164 countries, 25 territories and all 50 states have reported cases of COVID-19. The emergence of this novel coronavirus has led to an unprecedented public health response of widespread travel bans, school and work closures, and social distancing in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus to protect the most vulnerable in our communities and to prevent overtaxing the finite resources available to treat the virus.
SPN is committed to keeping you informed about COVID-19 and advocating for access to critical supplies, evidence-based resources and reducing barriers to ensure our frontline clinical staff are protected, have the necessary resources and are able to provide safe and effective care for patients and the community.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of patients in hospitals is expected to surge exponentially and nurses are being called upon to care for patients outside of their traditional specialty. SPN recommends the use of a modified orientation framework to ensure non-pediatric nursing staff have access to timely and essential pediatric principles of care. SPN is providing the below education module for the non-pediatric nurse preparing to care for the infants and children. The module includes information on assessment, respiratory system, decompensation, medication and safety.
As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving, the following resources will provide the most current, evidence-based information and recommendations:
The following resources may be helpful in addressing the developmental and emotional needs of children and families affected by COVID-19 school and day care closures, milestone activity cancellation, and social isolation related to stay at home orders.