NOVA Nurses Remain Vigilant During Pandemic
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Posted by: Ashley Lovelace
Washington D.C. March 25, 2020 - As nurses on the front-lines of care, the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) remains vigilant in ensuring VA nurses across the country have the resources needed to protect themselves and the Veterans they serve. This includes making sure that proper protective equipment (PPE) and test kits are available for Veterans and staff.
We stand ready to provide care and services as part of VA’s 4th Mission which safeguards continued service to Veterans, while supporting national, state, and local emergency management, public health, safety and homeland security efforts.
We share the concerns of the nation during this difficult and stressful time and are thankful to Congress for providing $60 million in funding within the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 115-127), so VA can continue to carry out its mission.
We also remind lawmakers of priorities shared with the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) and many other professional nursing organizations which remain at the heart of healthcare needs for the nation:
- Ensuring the Safety of our Patients and Nurses;
- Re-authorization of Title VIII Nursing Workforce Programs;
- Increasing Funding for Title VIII and NINR;
- Removing all Unnecessary Barriers to Practice;
- Passing the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (H.R. 2150/S.296);
- Passing the U.S. Public Health Service Modernization Act (H.R. 4870/S.2629); and
- Fund Child Care for Health Care Workers.
It is clear the American public consistently views healthcare workers in a favorable light, as noted by the most recent Gallup poll which again ranked nursing as the most trusted profession, and nurses as the professionals who uphold the highest ethical standards.
NOVA believes that as we move through the next weeks and months, we as a nation must stand by our healthcare professionals by ensuring we have what we need to protect the health and safety of Veterans and all individuals during this global pandemic.
We stand ready to serve and provide the care needed at the over 1,243 VA health care facilities within the US and its territories.
For Veteran information regarding Coronavirus please visit the VA website at: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/.