Hospitals that admit patients with COVID-19 face the challenge of not only dealing with these patients but also balancing normal medical care and hospital management to cope with the challenges posed by the new post-epidemic era. Over the past two years of responding to COVID-19 as a front-line clinical nurse, my colleagues and I have fully appreciated the need to establish a nursing system that is appropriate for the new post-epidemic era. The following four aspects should be emphasized: i) the continuation of thorough infection control measures; ii) exploring new approaches to training for new recruits; iii) ensuring nursing workforce and improving the nursing capacity to cope with patients critically ill with COVID-19; and iv) teamwork and team care to provide nurses with timely psychological assistance.
Keywords: COVID-19; Japan; nursing system; post-epidemic era.
2022, National Center for Global Health and Medicine.