AANA Position Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine
The AANA Board of Directors approved a position statement recommending that CRNAs educate themselves to make an informed decision about receiving the vaccine and ensure that their healthcare administrators are aware of the important role CRNAs and SRNAs have in patient care, especially during the pandemic.
Update on COVID Quarantine Guidelines in Maine
- Quarantine for 7 days from arrival in the US AND get a COVID-19 molecular or antigen test 3-5 days after arrival in the US.
- If the COVID-19 test is positive, isolate.
- Even if the COVID-19 test is negative, complete the 7-day quarantine after travel.
- If individuals arriving from international travel do not get a COVID-19 test after their arrival, they should quarantine for 10 days after their arrival in the US.
- Avoid being around anyone who is at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness for 14 days following arrival in the US, regardless of COVID-19 test results.
The CDC has released a presentation about the first COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-Biontech. This new vaccine has arrived in Maine and both NL Mercy Hospital and EMMC has received their initial vaccine allocations!
There is a new resource called Frontline WarmLine service for Maine clinicians suffering from COVID 19 related stress, such as insomnia, anxiety, irritability etc. This service is available 7 days a week and has an emergency hot line number : (207) 221-8196. Text capability is coming soon.
Please read the article to learn more.
Clinician Health & Wellness: Now More Than Ever
Many studies have shown that stress adversely impacts the mental and physical health of clinicians. These stresses have been increased by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Board urges clinicians to be aware of and avail themselves of assistance through the Maine Medical Professionals Health Program (https://www.mainemphp.org/) or their facilities’ employee assistance programs. In addition, clinicians should be aware that the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians has teamed with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to create “Frontline WarmLine,” a new volunteer phone support service for clinicians to manage the stress of serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
The FrontLine Warmline serves health care professionals, such as physicians, nurses and counselors, as well as emergency medical services personnel, law enforcement, and others who are directly responding to the pandemic in Maine. The line is staffed by volunteer professionals activated through Maine Responds, including licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, social workers, and nurse practitioners, who can help callers deal with anxiety, irritability, stress, poor sleep, grief or worry and, if needed, connect them with additional supports.
The FrontLine WarmLine is available to clinicians and first responders from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week by calling (207) 221-8196 or (866) 367-4440. Text capability will be added soon. For more information about the “Frontline WarmLine” program visit:
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