Telemedicine: “Protecting Myself While Answering the Call in Light of COVID-19”

Jen Schmitz, APRN, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, has written an essay to submit to the Nebraska Nurse Association describing her experience during COVID-19, in particular the quick transition to providing care virtually. As someone with a compromised immune system, she describes her personal experience and the benefits of providing care virtually.

COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic earlier this year and has altered our way of life for the foreseeable future. As a nurse practitioner, a majority of my day is problem-solving, accepting new challenges and continuing to push forward.  COVID-19 is another one of those challenges. In life, sometimes it takes stepping out of one’s comfort zone and a little ingenuity to conquer life’s challenges. 

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