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Here’s the thing- life as it is right now may seem unnatural in all of our lives, though it is natural in the history of the world.  Pandemics have happened, civilizations have persevered, and we will do it again.

During this stressful time of COVID-19, lets lift each other up.  My advice for healthcare providers, physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and other healthcare team members that are putting themselves in the middle of a pandemic- protect yourselves.  I know there are a lot of scary stories that have people worried about supplies and protecting ourselves, so the best we can do is to make do with what we have to stay safe while we serve our community.

Trevor Yakle, APRN

Nurse Practitioner for Thomas Samuelson, MD

Practicing good habits for the health and safety of yourself, your family, and your community is one of the most important things you can do to help spread the transmission of COVID-19. Here are some things that I think can help ease the stress of this situation while you serve your community:
  • Pick some scrubs and comfortable shoes to wear daily.
  • Change at the hospital, clinic, or where ever you work.
  • When you get home, leave your shoes outside and put your scrubs directly into the washing machine.
  • Shower as soon as you can when you get home.
  • Try to limit your presence to those who are at high risk for severe illness as much as you can.
  • Wash your hands at least every hour, and try not to touch your face.
  • DO NOT bring your personal stethoscope into your workplace- use the provided equipment.  
  • DO NOT sleep in your scrubs!
And finally, I know we wish this could all go away, but it won’t.  With that being said, repeat after me. “My current situation is not my final destination.”

 

Trevor Yakle, APRN

Trevor Yakle, APRN

Nurse Practitioner for Thomas Samuelson, MD

I am a Kansas native but completed my undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees at Research College of Nursing in Kansas City, Missouri. My enthusiasm for sports medicine and orthopedics developed early through my love of playing sports.