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NOVA Cornavirus Survey Results Show Improvements Still Needed

Monday, June 1, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ashley Lovelace
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Washington D.C. June 1, 2020 – The Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) has kept a pulse on what is happening on the frontlines of care within VA facilities across the country. Asking critical questions about PPE, testing, communication, and top concerns during COVID-19 in two separate Surveys sent to its nursing membership.


The latest Survey showed some improvements in availability of PPE, but many are still reusing what is provided daily, and find getting PPE difficult when needed. Communication between leadership, staff and Veterans seems to be consistent but often messaging is changing rapidly causing some confusion.


When asked, top concerns of many of the nurses continue to be about testing, protecting themselves and their families against the virus, and the safety and security of their patients. As VHA begins re-opening services, some asked “What will this look like,” and others commented that everyone in the hospital should be tested as many can be asymptomatic. Others wondered if all would follow the guidelines of our new normal to protect the care of Veterans and safety of staff.


NOVA asks Congress and VA Leadership to continue to listen to healthcare workers and those providing essential services. We as a nation must stand by our healthcare professionals by ensuring they have what they need to protect the health and safety of Veterans and all individuals using VA facilities during this global pandemic.


NOVA nurses remain ready to serve and provide the care needed at the over 1,200 VA health care facilities within the US and its territories.


For more information regarding Coronavirus please visit the VA website at:


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