From fear to fortitude: Using the power within the nursing profession to fight COVID-19

Nurs Outlook. 2020 Jul-Aug;68(4):391-392. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2020.04.008. Epub 2020 May 3.


Communicating is essential. The communication chain within units and facilities must be kept strong. Good communication will help staff take responsibility for one another; knowing your work family is looking out for you can offer strength. Respecting each other encourages speaking up to create a platform for shared decision-making and problem-solving. Such shared responsibility will yield the best solutions because the whole is stronger together than individuals alone. Speaking up also is a way to offer immediate feedback if mistakes are observed so that errors are corrected. And when, not if, mistakes are made, staff need to be able to communicate these without fear of retribution.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / nursing*
  • Courage
  • Fear / psychology
  • Humans
  • Nurses / psychology*
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / nursing*
  • Power, Psychological*
  • United States / epidemiology