| Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing thanks Congress and the Trump administration for advancing the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act” (H.R. 748), the $2 trillion third phase of their efforts to provide vital relief for the nation’s victims of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The League is particularly pleased to see the inclusion of $150 billion for hospitals and other health care providers that are struggling with life-threatening shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) for nurse and other health care workers, and that the bill requires the Strategic National Stockpile to include PPE and other medical supplies.
“The National League for Nursing is grateful that the legislation includes provisions that will reauthorize funding for nursing workforce development programs under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act, authorize nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists to certify home health care services for Medicare patients, and create a Ready Reserve Corps within the U.S. Public Health Service for public health and national emergencies,” said NLN President Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN, president of the NLN and professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group.
NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, said, “The National League for Nursing urges Congress to pass and President Donald Trump to sign this critically needed legislation into law and to ensure that it is implemented as soon as possible. Further, the League is eager to work with the administration and Congress to address remaining gaps in the nation’s response to COVID-19, ensuring that nurses are able to provide all of the care to patients they are educated and clinically prepared to supply without statutory or regulatory obstacles and in conditions that are safe for them and their patients.”