CENA – COVID-19 Update – Protecting Frontline Healthcare Workers

As the government and health-care stakeholders work together towards containment of COVID-19, it is critically important to consider and protect the wellbeing of emergency nurses and frontline healthcare workers. As the peak body for Emergency Nursing, CENA specifically represents Emergency Nurses however we take a broader view in this instance and seek government and stakeholder intervention to support all frontline healthcare workers.

CENA understands and supports the steps that the government and healthcare authorities have been taken to contain COVID-19. We appreciate that the curve is flattening and that decisive preventive action will ultimately reduce the impact of COVID-19 in the community. Across Australia, and internationally, Emergency nurses and frontline healthcare workers are dedicated to protecting and treating patients and take their roles in the containment of COVID-19 seriously.

The nature of working in a frontline healthcare environment during a pandemic means that significant demands are being placed on our Emergency Nurses and healthcare workers including a greater risk of infection from COVID-19.

This increased risk highlights the need to protect and provide support to our frontline healthcare workers in the areas of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and Sick Leave.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) – CENA acknowledges that the relevant authorities have aimed to provide sufficient PPE and guidance for its use during this period however there is a shortage and also a lack of clear national guidelines for its use. This is compounded by individual health authorities and hospitals setting their own rules in order to preserve their stocks of PPE. We request that the relevant government authority establish clear national guidelines for the use of PPE during the COVID-19 containment and management period.

Sick Leave – CENA requests urgent intervention and revision of the current policies on sick leave for Emergency Nurses and frontline healthcare workers who contract COVID-19 due to exposure in the course of their work and require leave. At present, some services expect their staff to use annual leave if their do not have sick leave and contract COVID-19. This situation is not acceptable. Emergency nurses and frontline healthcare workers are placed at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 while performing their duties and CENA requests that a new category of paid leave be introduced to cover people whose work exposes them to COVID-19 – either overtly or indirectly.

CENA members have expressed their appreciation and thank the efforts of the community for the many “random acts of selflessness” that have been shown to our members. CENA also notes and appreciates the steps taken by the retail sector where they have extended priority shopping hours to healthcare and emergency workers.

Acknowledging the support of the community, CENA seeks official intervention across the critical areas of PPE and Sick Leave to ensure that our members and related healthcare workers are protected and the maximum number of emergency nurses and frontline healthcare workers are kept in the field and able to serve the community.

For more information please contact National Office on national@cena.org.au

 

Pandemics – is the sky really falling? – 11 February

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Update your knowledge on infectious hazards management and the interventions needed to better manage disease outbreaks
  • Describe mechanisms of disease spread and control
  • Describe current federal pandemic preparedness and response plans.
Out there injuries -Diving and Wilderness Shenanigans – 3 December

Out there injuries -Diving and Wilderness Shenanigans – 3 December

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the epidemiology and pathophysiology of common illnesses and injuries occurring in austere environment
  • Manage common illnesses and injuries in an austere environment with limited resources
  • Identify and plan for special hazards in a variety of austere environments
Recognising the seriously sick child – 13 October

Recognising the seriously sick child – 13 October

Learning Outcomes:

  • Outline findings that identify children who need investigations and referrals
  • Summarise how to assess a child’s physiological status in the context of fever, breathing problems, rash, vomiting and diarrhoea, and abdominal pain
  • Explain how to identify if child is seriously ill
  • Outline appropriate management options for children presenting with a range of illnesses
Asthma – Hour of Power – 8 September

Asthma – Hour of Power – 8 September

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the etiology, pathophysiology, and pathology of
  • Review clinical cases that present to ED’s
  • Describe and apply up-to-date knowledge in the area of asthma management
Post Cardiac Arrest Care inc Organ Donation – 14 July

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Outline immediate steps post return of spontaneous circulation
  • Discuss critical decision-making in the evaluation of a patient post cardiac arrest
  • Discuss the ethical issues surrounding organ donation and transplantation.
  • Describe what organs are donated, their structure, function and the illnesses they are used to treat.
Violence in ED’s: Protect Yourself – 16 June

Violence in ED’s: Protect Yourself – 16 June

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify institutional, environmental and policy risk factors for workplace violence;
  • Recognise the risk factors associated with workplace violence in the ED
  • Employ communication and teamwork skills to prevent and manage violence;
  • Recognise some strategies to prevent workplace violence in the ED
Bleeding in early pregnancy – identifying the sick patients – 5 May

Bleeding in early pregnancy – identifying the sick patients – 5 May

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify clinical assessments for women with suspected early pregnancy loss
  • Recognise treatment and care options appropriate to diagnosis
  • Identify psychological supports for the woman and her family
  • Review clinical cases of patients in hypovolaemic shock in the ED’s
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