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Learning lessons from COVID-19

Nurses share the lessons they have been learning since the pandemic began, how this is helping their practice, and the new ways of working that will be retained in the future. Kathy Oxtoby reports

Nurses working in general practice and the community are used to having to adapt quickly to new ways of delivering care. But since the start of the pandemic they have needed to respond to situations never experienced before, from providing remote patient consultations and taking part in digital meetings with colleagues, to helping with the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Dr Crystal Oldman, CBE, QNI chief executive, says nurses should be ‘immensely proud of what they have been doing for their communities’.

‘For the last 18 months they have sustained their services and supported people. They have learned, and are still continuing to learn how to work with new technologies, and new ways of working with and supporting people remotely. Now they are continuing to learn to support people with long COVID-19,’ she says.

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