Discussion – Week 1 -COVID-19 NURS 6053 national healthcare issue/stressor discussion
A national healthcare issue that immediately comes to mind is the ongoing battle against COVID-19. As states across the country (and countries across the world) entered into various versions of lockdown and stay-at-home orders, medical facilities were also impacted by more than simply treated patients. The entire hospital healthcare plan had to be reevaluated, reassessed, and many aspects of daily operations were impacted. Analyzing who was most at risk, the populations such as the elderly and those with compounding comorbidities was first in-line in assessing how the hospital would interact with and protect these individuals (Long, Vo, & Vuong, 2020). COVID-19 NURS 6053 national healthcare issue/stressor discussion. At the same time, another, perhaps more immediate problem were hospitals being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of patients, the need (and lack of) adequate personal protective equipment, and equipment and staffing shortages (Long, Vo, & Vuong 2020).