Since the global outbreak began, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has advocated for clear, evidence-based guidelines and resources to ensure our nation’s registered nurses and frontline health care providers can safely and effectively respond to the virus and protect the public.

Nurses have always answered the call to serve their country and communities during times of crisis. We know that clear communication, collaboration, resilience, and innovation are key to navigating the challenges before us. We stand with you and will continue to advocate on behalf of our nation’s nurses. The following outlines some of the activities ANA has engaged in and continues to engage in on behalf of nurses.

Safe Practice Environment – ANA . . .

Surveyed nurses to learn what they want policymakers/regulators to know about treating COVID-19 patients. (Learn more)

Provided evidence-based practice guidelines, based on the latest science-based information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which includes information for educating patients and support for school nurses. (Learn more)

Worked with the federal government to improve access to safe and effective personal protective equipment (#PPE), including N-95 respirators, and the testing and treatment of nurses, and other frontline health care providers exposed to COVID-19. (Learn more)

Created a free and on-going webinar series with a range of topics, including ethical considerations, dedicated to COVID-19. (Learn more)

Connected nurses to the #EndNurseAbuse campaign to voice concerns about bullying and physical assault, which have unfortunately occurred at tense moments in the crisis when fear and frustration were overwhelming. (#EndNurseAbuse campaign)

Self-Care/Mental Health – ANA . . .

Provided tips on how nurses can protect themselves and their families, in addition to partnering with Hilton to provide free hotel rooms to ANA members through May 31st to give nurses added peace of mind while protecting their loved ones.

Through the American Nurses Foundation’s partnership with other organizations, created a platform of resources to support the mental health and resilience of nurses such as:

• Peer-to-peer calls that are scheduled 24/7 to share thoughts, seek support and ask questions.
Moodfit, a mobile app customized for nurses to provide support with wellness goals.
• The Happy team, a wellness company, adapted its Happy App specifically for nurses tackling daily life and death decisions, anxiety, stress, fear, and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is working with Congress to secure mental health support and hazard pay for nurses and other frontline health workers by mobilizing ANA’s RNAction community. (Learn more).

Created a Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses to enable the public to support and thank nurses. The national fund will address the identified, emerging needs of nurses with a broad range of support. (Learn more)

Facilitated direct financial assistance from our partner, Nurses House, to provide direct financial assistance to nurses in need. (Learn more)

Licensure and Credentialing/Professional Development

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) arranged for live proctoring certification testing, when testing centers were forced to close. (Learn more)

ANA continues to monitor regulatory changes in states impacting nurses during the declared emergency, allowing nurses and others to review states’ responses and act accordingly. (Learn more)

ANA continues to monitor federal legislative and regulatory developments regarding COVID-19 while providing vital information to Congress, the administration and regulatory agencies on the impact of the pandemic on nursing. (Learn more)

Created a free and on-going webinar series with a range of topics, including ethical considerations, dedicated to COVID-19. (Learn more)

Workforce/Access to Care

After many years of effort, ANA celebrated passage of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, which was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, authorizing nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) to certify home health services without physician approval for Medicare beneficiaries. Also included was Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act, the largest source of federal funds for nursing education/development from entry-level preparation through graduate study. Click here to learn more about ANA’s other federal legislative priorities.

A PDF version of ANA’s COVID-19 activities