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In Whose Best Interest: Nursing Regulation during a Crisis

A nimble and flexible regulatory response regarding the nursing workforce is essential to a fully integrated public health approach to national crises and pandemics.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn many comparisons to the 1918 Flu. Some of them are well-reasoned and grounded in evidence. Others are not. This study by Patricia D’Antonio, Cynthia Connolly, and Julie Fairman of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing provides a historically contextualized analysis of how the 1918 flu pandemic helped shape Pennsylvania nursing’s current regulatory apparatus.

Watch the video below for their recommendations moving forward.