ANA Met with President Trump to Discuss Coronavirus Prevention Strategies
SILVER SPRING, MD – Today, the American Nurses Association (ANA) Chief Nursing Officer Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN, met with President Donald J. Trump to urge the administration to provide a sufficient supply of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for nurses and to share the need for creative staffing strategies to sustain the nursing workforce so they can continue to provide care during this pandemic. ANA was among 12 other nursing organizations attending the White House meeting.
Echoing earlier letters from ANA to Congress, Dr. Hatmaker underscored the critical role that nurses play in caring for patients and how taking steps to protect and sustain the nursing workforce and other frontline providers is essential to ensuring the health care system has the capacity to care for the growing number of patients infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Our number one priority is keeping frontline health care professionals, including our nurses, healthy by making sure they have the personal protective equipment they need,” said Dr. Hatmaker.
She shared stories of nurses reusing masks and relying on other materials to protect themselves, creating unsafe conditions that could negatively impact both nurses and patients.
“If frontline professionals are put into danger and become sick, it will exacerbate the crisis in the U.S., much like we have seen happen in China and Italy,” said Hatmaker. “ANA stands ready to work with all stakeholders to solve this crisis, but without proper personal protective equipment our job will become immensely more difficult, leading to more deaths and even further damage to our nation.” READ MORE