Find out what it's like in community nursing during a pandemic from Graham Davidson, a Trainee Nursing Associate based in Blyth
Covid-19 has challenged so many people across a wide range of sectors, with the pandemic affecting everyone in very different ways. The NHS has been at the centre of the pandemic, with employees from different areas working hard to ensure day-to-day routines continue in a safe way.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, community nurses have continued to support and care for the most vulnerable patients at home. Despite the increasing demands and risks to their own health, they have worked incredibly hard to help keep their communities safe.
We spoke to Graham Davidson, a Trainee Nursing Associate based in Blyth, about his experience of working in the community during the Covid-19 pandemic:
“Since the pandemic there has been a huge increase in workload due to the rise in patients opting for at-home treatment, avoiding hospital admission where possible. Understandably Covid-19 has scared a lot of the community, so it’s part of our job to help reassure our patients during this difficult time.
“The community nursing staff have continued to support all patients and health professionals to provide the best care to the patients. Community nurses have taken on additional tasks that hospital clinics would normally supply to keep patients at home as much as possible and free up hospital resource to support Covid patients, for example to carry out INR bloods. By taking on additional tasks like this, care has been able to continue for patients with minimum disruption.
“The pandemic has reduced visits within the community in some cases where it has been safe to do so, empowering patients to continue selfcare with guidance and input from community nursing staff. This not only helps build the confidence and skills of patients, it also means the nursing teams can access and treat more complex cases.
“The impact Covid-19 has had on the community is that it’s brought the community closer together, more so than ever before. The nursing team has been able to continue a high standard of care to patients, when other services had come to a halt; community nursing continued to deliver support to the community throughout the most dangerous and challenging times. When visiting patients this feeling of togetherness has echoed through the whole team, helping to boost team and patient morale.
“Loneliness has been a huge issue for a lot of patients that are usually visited day-to-day. They’ve been unable to regularly see family members due to restrictions, and the only visitors a lot of patients receive is the nurse coming to administer treatment. As the community nurse is often the only person that the patient may see that day, in ways they are seen as an extended family for these patients, which is really important during these difficult times. Communication and being a friendly face has been the biggest treatment to a lot of the community patients and more important than ever.”
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