How Nurses Are Supporting the COVID-19 Response

The novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, has grown into a global pandemic. Alumnae from the UCSF School of Nursing are playing pivotal roles in battling this deadly virus. (Photo credit: iStock)

By Milenko Martinovich

The routine has become second nature to Hannah Jang: Clean hands, don the gown, put on the mask, then the goggles — remember to clean your hands again — tie the gown, and lastly, put on the gloves.

Jang performs this routine repeatedly as she carefully trains health care professionals at multiple UCSF sites on how to protect themselves and patients. She doesn’t mind the repetition or the questions, not when those health care professionals treat patients stricken with a deadly virus. 

Jang is among the alumni from the UCSF School of Nursing who are playing critical roles amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19.

Trusting in Information

Jang (PhD ’16) has a wide scope of duties as associate chief nurse researcher and clinical evidence manager at the Institute for Nursing Excellence (INEx). These duties include leading evidence-based practice, research, and quality improvement for UCSF’s 4,000-plus nurses.

But the COVID-19 outbreak has quickly shifted her focus. UCSF Health first began treating patients with the coronavirus in early February.

“When something urgent like this happens, there’s a halt in all the work we do,” Jang said. “Evidence-based practice projects can wait – so can a lot of operational tasks – because we really need to address patient and staff safety for the coronavirus.”

Read the full story in our Science of Caring online publication.