COVID-19 support for nursing staff in high risk areas

The SARS-COV-2 virus first emerged in December 2019 resulting in the COVID-19 disease pandemic. The virus has since mutated to form new variants in different locations across the world.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a rapidly changing situation. The epidemiology of disease affects different countries and the health care staff in these countries at differing rates and times. This will inevitably impact on staff working in the UK who come from other countries both in relation to their wellbeing and concerns for family and friends in the affected countries, but also for some wanting to return home to visit or to support in health care delivery.

International cooperation and support is vital to address the global challenges of the pandemic. The RCN will continue to work with UK governments and representative organisations to support collaboration and to make sure aid, support, training resources, and equipment is made available.

It is essential that nurses working in the UK from affected countries are given all the support they need. 

Our COVID-19 clinical pages provide resources and information to support managing COVID-19 disease in a range of settings including critical care for inpatients and out of hospital.

The International Council of Nurses, a federation of over 130 national nurses associations, representing the more than 27 million nurses worldwide and linking to separate nursing organisations. This provides a unique nursing perspective globally to understand the effects of the pandemic on the nursing workforce at any given time.

Advice for members who need support

Advice for UK nurses travelling to or from high risk areas