NOVA is the Voice of VA Nurses on Capitol Hill
The Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) was formed in 1980 by nurses at the Hines, Illinois VA, in response to PL 96-330 which gave VA Doctors a large pay increase without any change in nurses’ salaries or any nursing input. In 1982, NOVA was invited to speak at an oversight hearing, this was the first time a VA Registered Nurse gave testimony to Congress. Since that remarkable day, NOVA has testified on recruitment and retention, staffing shortages, and submitted statements and letters to Congress on many other issues that affect how nurses provide care for Veterans across the country.
Having a voice on Capitol Hill is critical – VA remains one of the largest agencies in the Federal Government and employs over 90,000 nurses. Having a voice on how care is, and will be provided in the future is critical, especially as VA undertakes an agency-wide transformation and modernization. Our collective voice makes a difference and is extremely powerful and affirming.