Care at the Crossroads: How Crisis Reshapes the Future of Health and Healthcare

Times of crisis often trigger an avalanche of emergency measures ostensibly designed to help healthcare systems adapt to novel conditions. History teaches us, however, that changes implemented during a disaster often become the norm after the crisis has subsided. Whether pertaining to the hospital industry or to community health more generally, the long-term implementation of emergency measures can have devastating consequences for patients, as well as interfere with nurses’ ability to provide safe and effective care.

This class will examine the crisis measures currently being implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will look at changes both to the health care industry and to policies affecting the structural and environmental conditions that impact community health. We will examine what potential long-term consequences such changes could have for patient care, and—crucially—discuss how nurses can identify such measures and fight back against their permanent implementation.

Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify COVID-19 crisis measures and their impact on patient care
  2. Articulate how policies that respond to social crisis impact—positively or negatively—the structural determinants of health
  3. Formulate actions to prevent industry-specific and socio-economic developments from degrading health and healthcare in the long term

Course Information and Credits:

This will be a 3-hour online course via Zoom for 3 hours of continuing education credits. After registering at the link below, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class prior to the day of the class. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Gonzalez at

During the COVID-19 pandemic all CE course are being offered free of charge to all Registered Nurses. Participants will be notified by U.S. mail and by email if a course is cancelled.

FOR DIRECT-CARE AND STAFF RNs – Provided by California Nurses Association. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP754 for 3 CEH.