ANAI COVID19 Update
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Nurse Leaders of Idaho and the American Nurses Association of Idaho Joint Statement for COVID-19 & Other Updates
April 14, 2020
Both the American Nurses Association of Idaho (ANAI) and the Nurse Leaders of Idaho (NLI) wish to update their members, and all Idaho nurses about Idaho based COVID-19 issues that impact nurses and nursing in Idaho.
- Idaho nurses have been represented in statewide policy making through the Idaho Center for Nursing.
- The American Nurses Association (national) has maintained a daily flow of information to the ANAI state president and executive director and directly to ANA members via emails and website information.
- Much of the national effort has focused on crisis states in the Eastern part of the U.S. Idaho has benefitted from an awareness of their issues as we monitor the ongoing work being done in our state.
- ANAI and NLI are in contact with the Idaho Hospital Association for any coordinated efforts that impact nursing, staffing, nurse and other healthcare worker safety and for the evaluation of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) supplies.
- Overall, the two organizations have received in excess of 200 emails from Idaho nurses seeking information and guidance with specific issues.
- The executive director met with the executive director of the Idaho Board of Nursing about licensure and waiver requirements that are temporarily in place during the Governor’s Executive Order and Designation.
- The Board of Nursing has an updated website with updated information about temporary licensure requirements, the impact on students, and other resources available to nurses during the pandemic.
- Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): Both ANAI and NLI have monitored concerns from nurses about PPE. Both agencies support the ANA stance that in order to effectively respond, nurses must have the full support of their employers and government organizations to access the appropriate safeguards and secure the proper supplies. The Idaho Hospital Association in collaboration with Idaho hospital leadership, and other healthcare organizations are working with local, state, and federal agencies to address the concerns related to PPE shortages.
- The CDC guidelines on PPE, especially masks, continue to evolve as better scientific data emerges. These frequent CDC guideline revisions pose difficulty for agencies and nurses to be consistent in PPE usage and create feelings of mistrust. However, as the CDC and other scientific advisory experts’ learnings evolve about this novel coronavirus, evidence-based recommendations are being developed with safety of nurses and other healthcare providers at the forefront of decision-making. ANAI and NLI support this ongoing, investigative process and the resultant CDC guidelines that are backed by scientific evidence.
- Association activities continued throughout this time. The office is closed because the office building where we are located closed, so both Karin and Randy have worked remotely for the past 20 days. Some association activities have been:
- The May edition of RN IDAHO is completed and to the printer.
- The 2019 business taxes were completed and filed.
- Board Meetings where held remotely.
- The Nurse Leadership Course in Idaho Falls (May 4-5-6) was cancelled and another course is tentatively planned for September 14-15-16 in Boise.
- The national AONL meeting cancelled and the June ANA Membership Assembly is planned to be held using an on-line format.
Thank you all for your efforts during this time. Please contact us with your nursing issues or concerns.
Brie Sandow, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, President ANAI
Joan Agee, DNP, RN, FACHE, President NLI
Randall Hudspeth, PhD, RN, FAANP, NEA-BC, Executive Director