TAANA Statement on COVID-19: Challenges for Healthcare Professionals

by Eileen M. Talamante, R.N., J.D.

Goodman Allen Donnelly Member Eileen M. Talamante, R.N., J.D., both a nurse and an attorney, serves on the Board of Directors of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (“TAANA”). TAANA has approved and released a position paper in response to the challenges faced on the frontlines by healthcare professionals battling the novel COVID-19 pandemic.

“TAANA recognizes the myriad of challenges presented during this unprecedented time of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including legal/ethical dilemmas encountered by healthcare professionals as a result of the pandemic. Given the alarming number of COVID-19 cases in the United States, TAANA encourages federal, state and local governments and administrative professional licensing agencies to adopt universal protocols addressing (a) the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); (b) inadequate COVID-19 testing capabilities; and (c) novel legal, employment, and licensure concerns in the face of an unprecedented situation. TAANA further encourages nurses and other healthcare professionals to partner with their professional associations in educating the workforce regarding their legal and ethical rights and responsibilities in the healthcare workplace.”

You may view and download the position paper in its entirety here.

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