On behalf of Texas Nurse Practitioners, our thoughts and prayers go out to TNP’s members, their patients, and all Texans during this difficult time. Over the last several days, we have heard stories of utter devastation and loss from TNP members across Texas, and TNP and the TNP Foundation have come together to lend a hand in this time of need.
In an effort to provide some assistance, the Texas Nurse Practitioner Foundation has established an Emergency Assistance Fund to aid TNP members and their families in need. Donations will be used to assist TNP members who have experienced emergency situations that require them to seek financial assistance. TNPF is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 74-2676501. If you would like to make a charitable contribution to help NPs in Texas, please click here.
Here are other ways you can support Hurricane victims:
Nurses wishing to volunteer are encouraged to do so with a formal organization and may register with the Texas Department of State Health Services Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry.
If individuals or employers are seeking to bring in nurses from other states, the Texas Board of Nursing announced that it will expedite temporary licenses by endorsement applications. It is important to note that there is not an exemption from the physician supervision requirement for APRN practice. See more information here.
Telmedicine company Akos is providing free telemedicine services to victims of Hurricane Harvey, and is currently seeking to bring on paid nurse practitioners for this job. If you are interested in joining their efforts, contact Kami Stein (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Akos will fast-track you through the credentialing process.
If there are specific volunteer opportunities for NPs, please let us know and we will send these along or post them to our social media.
Thank you for your calls, emails, and concern for your fellow nurse practitioners and Texans. We all stand with Texas during this difficult time, and hope that together we can begin to rebuild the cities, homes, and lives that have been impacted by this devastating storm.