Message from KLN President, Dr. LuAnn Reed
October 10, 2021
Greeting KLN Members,
We have been through a lot over the last year, facing the greatest challenge our generation has ever faced. As of the latest reporting – October 2nd – Kentucky had 4,118 new cases of COVID-19 with a total of 701K. 729 of those cases in the 18 and under age group. There have been 8,902 total deaths reported and the positivity rate is 67.8%.
Currently 1,976 people are hospitalized, 566 in ICUs, and 381 on ventilators. In the United States there has been 43.6M total cases, and 701K Deaths.
As nurses you must allot time to nurture and provide care for the caregiver! This includes scheduling time to nurture and restore yourself; as well as holding other disciplines, co-workers, and students accountable. You cannot be effective at helping or educating others if you are totally running on empty. My hope is, that each of you took time over the summer to nourish yourself and re-stock on your personal energy and resources.
s Educators I am asking that you continue to perform at the level of excellence that has always driven you. I ask that, as you teach your students, continue teaching them at the highest level possible for community-awareness, caring for the population as a whole, and professional hygienic practices.
Despite the stress of Covid, this is an exciting time to be a member of the KLN. We represent all types of nursing programs from doctoral to LPN, as well as health care organizations and agencies, nurse leaders, faculty, and others interested in excellence in nursing and nursing education. We are actively planning the spring conference. We are looking forward to being able to be live in Louisville in May.
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. Our purpose is to support and implement the mission of the NLN to promote excellence in Nursing Education to build a strong and diverse workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community.
I leave you with the CDC recommendations in this time of crisis:
Listen and follow the directions of our state and local leaders.
If you feel sick – stay home.
If you have sick children – stay home.
Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
Wear a mask when around other people if able.
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.
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.
Dr. Lu Ann Reed, DNP, RN, CRRN, BC-RN, LNHA, WCC, DWC