Visibility and availability. These are high up on Ma. Rita Villanueva-Tamse’s list of what our nurses need from their administrators and leaders especially in times of crisis like the present—to know that their superiors are ready to listen to their concerns, help them navigate the changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and address their needs.
Dr. Chito Permejo, a cardiology intensivist at the Philippine Heart Center, said the off-label use of pharmacologic therapies to treat COVID-19 in patients with cardiac issues must be done with caution. He discussed this and many more in “COVID-19 and the Heart”, the eighth episode of UP’s STOP COVID DEATHS webinar series streamed on June 12.
UP Tacloban recently turned over to the local government of Jipapad, Eastern Samar 231 sacks of rice (@ 10 kilos), 10 liters of alcohol-based hand rub, and 350 3-D printed face shields on 21 June 2020 for distribution to residents.
“We need to be self-reliant in testing, prevention, and treatment,” said UP Manila College of Medicine Dean Charlotte Chiong in “COVID-19 and the Heart” streamed live on June 12, the 122ndanniversary of Philippine Independence. The event was the eighth episode of UP’s STOP COVID DEATHS webinar series, where she was the guest speaker.
Having been a COVID-19 patient, John Alex Melencio has pushed himself to become a better nurse. The UP Open University (UPOU) alumnus, who is a charge nurse and team leader at The Royal Brompton Hospital in London, UK, was one of three nurses who shared their COVID-19 stories in “Who Takes Care of the Caregivers?” that was streamed live on June 11 in UPOU Networks. It was organized by the UPOU Master of Arts in Nursing program.
UP-PGH nurse Angelique Rosete likened her COVID-19 experience to the viral meme, “batas ng classroom” (law of the classroom). She was one of three nurses who shared their COVID-19 stories in “Who Takes Care of the Caregivers?” that was streamed live on June 11 on UPOU Networks. It was organized by the UPOU Master of Arts in Nursing program.
True to the University as a public service institution, UP Open University (UPOU) will offer free online bridge courses in English and Mathematics for senior high school students, college freshmen, and all other interested individuals. It is a joint initiative of the Faculty of Education and Ugnayan ng Pahinungod of UPOU.
UP Visayas Tacloban College, through URUGUP, its institutional response to the COVID-19 crisis in Eastern Visayas, distributed its second batch of 80% ethyl alcohol URUGUP hand rub on May 27.
“Capacitating Oneself for the New Normal” emphasized the relevance of gender inclusion and appreciative resilience to psychosocial well-being in crisis response. Organized by the Social Work Program of the UP Open University (UPOU) Faculty of Management and Development Studies as part of UPOU’s Let’s Talk it Over online lecture series, the event was streamed on May 27 in UPOU Networks.
UPV for UPD. In the spirit of solidarity and compassion, UP Visayas alumni led the effort to immediately take care of UP Diliman students from Iloilo upon their arrival back home on May 31. They had been stranded in Metro Manila because of the implemented quarantine measures and resulting suspension of inter-island travel.