Jayme Patrick (top), Dr. Cleve James (middle) and Terri Teketeke Dickerson (bottom) with nurse photo courtesy University of Missouri

COVID 4.0 is wreaking havoc nationally, with hospitals running out of space and non-COVID patients often denied entry and care as a result, new COVID cases escalating and a growing politization of mask-wearing and vaccinations that have anti-maskers turning violent against school board members, parents and even elementary students who support wearing masks.

Another aspect of this fourth COVID surge is the alarming report that U.S. hospitals are experiencing a severe nursing shortage, a fact that exacerbates an already perilous situation when you consider the enormous role nurses play in patient care and recovery.

The Defender spoke with Black nurses and healthcare professionals to see how this nursing shorting is playing out on the pandemic frontlines from their perspective.

IMPACTS, DIFFERENCES OF FOURTH COVID SURGE

HOW TO MAINTAIN SANITY

PREDICTIONS FOR SCHOOL YEAR

BATTLING MISINFORMATION

EXPLAINING THE VACCINES

MESSAGE TO BLACK PEOPLE