PRN Nursing Jobs, COVID-19 Information, Resources, and Job Postings

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Here at Nursa™ we are committed to helping nurses connect directly with hospitals and medical facilities to fill in and help shoulder the burden that COVID 19 has levied on our strained medical systems. We want you to keep informed and current on the pandemic in order to take proper care of yourselves and of those you come into contact with, be it while working or in your private lives. When considering to help out a nearby hospital or medical facility by scrolling through our app to review available COVID prn nursing jobs, we have also put together an information page to give you fast facts about the novel coronavirus, resources, and tips for prevention and care.

Important Distinction Between the Terms “Coronavirus” and “COVID 19”

These two terms are often used interchangeably in the media, but there is a distinction between the two. As a medical professional, it is important that you take note of the distinction. Coronavirus simply refers to a type of virus. The specific coronavirus that we are facing as a pandemic today is referred to as the novel coronavirus and has been officially named SARS-CoV-2. COVID 19 is the disease that is manifesting in humans as a result of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). COVID 19 is the shortened form of coronavirus disease 2019.

Origin Story of the Novel Coronavirus

Much speculation has been made on the origin of the novel coronavirus. By studying the SARS-CoV-2, the medical community has taken an interest in determining its origin in an effort to better understand how to combat the virus, how it is spread, and to combat the fear that some theories have sparked. The novel coronavirus was not manufactured in a lab. In March of 2020, a group of researchers worked together analyzing the virus and determined that it was not man-made, stating clearly that the virus “is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus.” 

Their findings support other researchers in determining that the virus crossed the species boundary from animal (bat or Malayan pangolin) to human. Their findings were published in the medical journal Nature Medicine. You can find and read their study, here.

How the Novel Coronavirus Spreads

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the novel coronavirus is a community spread, which means it is “easily and sustainably” spread to many people in a single community and some have contracted it without knowledge of how or when.

“The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).”

Although the main culprit of the virus’s spread is still believed to be person to person, there has been evidence to show that it can be spread by touching your nose, eyes, or mouth after touching surfaces that have been contaminated by the virus. In March 2020, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study of the issue and found that, “SARS-CoV-2 was more stable on plastic and stainless steel than on copper and cardboard, and viable virus was detected up to 72 hours after application to these surfaces”.

Wear a Mask Every Time You Leave Your Home

We know that a part of the population carries the novel coronavirus without showing any symptoms. We also know that it can take up to 14 days to display symptoms. It is simply not possible to test every single person, especially people who have shown no symptoms (asymptomatic) and have no known reason to believe they’ve been infected. So, staying home and keeping a distance of at least six feet from others is important. When you have to leave your home, we agree with the CDC’s recommendation that persons should cover their mouths and noses any time they are out and about in the community.

Proper surgical face masks should be prioritized for medical staff while working. Across our nation people are creating cloth face coverings in their homes. If you don’t already have one, don’t worry. You don’t have to be crafty or a whiz at sewing. Watch the video below to see how the US Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, makes a face cloth covering out of a shirt and two rubber bands:

Know the Symptoms of COVID-19

The symptoms that have been identified with COVID 19 cases are many and have varying levels of severity that can manifest anywhere from the second day after exposure to 14 days after.

According to the CDC, the list of symptoms for COVID 19 include but are not limited to:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Emergency symptoms include but are not limited to the following:

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Know Where You Are Going

When you are preparing to take a PRN shift in a neighboring community, it is a good idea to understand the contagion risk of where you are, as compared to where you are going.

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Nursa™ Has PRN Jobs Available Now

Download the Nursa™ app today and register your licenses and credentials to get yourself connected to the highest paying COVID PRN RN jobs near you. With our app, you can scroll through PRN shifts available in real time, send, and receive messages directly with the hospitals, and avoid a lot of the paperwork headaches that typically require lots of paperwork. You can share your verified licenses and certifications through the app which will save you and the hospital time. Pick up a shift for tomorrow or next week, wherever and whenever works for you. We will get you connected, and you do the rest.

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