Message from KLN President, Scott Treadway
April 3, 2020
Members and All Other Nurses across Kentucky, the US and the World,
Today, we stand at the precipice of the greatest challenge our generation has ever faced. While other generations have faced their own challenges, few have ever faced a challenge that has the potential to devastate the number of innocents as does the one that looms before us at this time – the COVID-19 virus.
As of the latest reporting – April 2nd – there are 213,144 cases within the United States that have either been confirmed or under investigation. Within the state of Kentucky, there have been 680 cases confirmed. This number pales: however, when you consider the number of cases in those states that are considered “pass-through” states. Meaning, those surrounding states that connect Kentucky via major interstates – Interstates 64, 65, 71, and 75.
When considering these interstates, and the connecting states: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia – you find that the number of cases within these states are staggering. Respectively, these states have 6980 cases, 2565 cases, 2547 cases, 2240 cases, and 1706 cases. While the leadership in every state in these surrounding states have called for only essential/emergency travel across states, many persons persist in traveling regardless. Under this shadow, it is only judicious to prepare in anticipation for a flood of cases within Kentucky as travel from each of these “hotspots” moves through our state.
To this end, I ask that you continue performing at the level of excellence that has always driven you. I ask that, if you are still able to teach your students, continue teaching them via on-line means to educate them at the highest level possible for community-awareness, caring for the population as a whole, and professional hygienic practices.
If you are currently unable to teach, for whatever reason, please work in your profession. If you do not already have a PRN service-level position in a facility, then contact your local facilities and assist them in whatever manner they require to care for patients. Better yet! Offer your professional administrative skills in assisting your community hospital in preparing a “mass-casualty” plan to deal with the potential surge of patients from your service area. If are not teaching, and it is not possible to physically assist your community facilities in preparations, please still volunteer within your community anyway it is possible.
Most likely, I am “preaching to the choir” as my grandmother would say. I suspect that each one of you are already “out in the trenches” as I write this. You are already teaching, you are volunteering, and you are already working to assist your communities to remain at the highest possible level of healthiness. However, if you still feel like there is more that you can do, but are unsure as to what that may be, then I would offer the example of our founder – Florence Nightingale – that of empathy, sympathy, and caring of our patients through communication with our Lord.
The element of the human touch and thoughtful meditation with our Creator will go a long way in dealing with the pandemic that faces all of us today. Placing your faith in our Creator, allowing him to direct your life and actions, and “sharing” your stresses and fears with him will allow you to live your life healthier and will provide you with opportunities to serve.
I “Thank You” for this opportunity to serve you during this stressful time. Please feel free to contact any of the members of the Board to assist you. We may not be able to provide you with “muscle-power”, but we do have a considerable amount of “brain-power”! Please let us know of your needs, and we will work diligently to assist you where possible.
I leave you with the CDC recommendations in this time of crisis:
Listen and follow the directions of the state and local leaders.
If you feel sick – stay home.
If you have sick children – stay home.
If you are 65 or older or have a serious underlying health condition – self-isolate.
If someone in the household is positive – then the entire household should isolate.
Work from home when/where possible.
Avoid all social gatherings – regardless of size.
Use restaurant pickup and/or delivery services.
Avoid non-essential or non-emergent travel.
Avoid visitation to nursing homes
Always! Always!! Always!!! Practice good hygiene!!!!
Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
Avoid touching your face.
Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.