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NOVA Submits Testimony to House VA Committee on Pandemic Progress

Thursday, June 11, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ashley Lovelace
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Washington D.C. June 11, 2020 – The Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) submitted testimony to the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee regarding VA’s progress - 90 days later- on the Pandemic.

 

Discussing the results from two surveys NOVA sent to frontline workers, President Kelly D. Skinner, DNP, APRN, NP-C, GNP-BC, CRRN, WCC, CFCN told committee members that PPE, and communication within facilities has improved, but many are still reusing masks and gowns and testing remains a concern.

 

We joined others in urging VA to continue to employ recent expedited hiring practices used during the Pandemic, and asked Congress and VA to address the complexities of a system that is decades old, which does not allow for VHA to remain competitive.

As fall and winter approaches, we must be prepared for what lies ahead and ensure that lessons learned the last few months translate into a prepared VA healthcare system. PPE and other medical equipment must be stored at an adequate level. Staff should be trained and informed on protocols for handling any new cases and protecting themselves and patients.

As VA nurses on the frontlines, we remain dedicated to providing high quality compassionate care now and in the future to all of our patients.

 

To read our full testimony: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.vanurse.org/resource/resmgr/2020_files/nova_hvac_testimony_assessin.pdf

For all of our survey results and comments, visit the NOVA website: https://www.vanurse.org/page/COVID19RESOURCECENTER