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Posted 8 months ago

PAs of New Jersey,

It is clear that we are facing a public health emergency that none of us have confronted before in our professional careers.  

As I’m sure you are aware, there are inadequate resources to care for all of the people in our region who may develop moderate to severe COVID symptoms should current projections be realized.  Combine that with the likelihood that a significant number of clinicians will themselves become ill or require quarantine, and we can predict there will be a personnel shortage.

As per our Practice Act update from 2016, concerning PAs responding to disasters and emergencies:

--PAs are allowed to render care in disasters and emergencies without physician supervision, provided that the care rendered falls within the PA’s training and experience. This provision only applies to disasters and emergencies that occur outside the PA’s place of employment. PA’s rendering care in such situations will not be liable for civil damages except in the event of gross negligence.

It is the recommendation of NJSSPA that we all practice prudence at this time and protect not only ourselves but our licenses.  If you are asked to practice in an environment that deviates from your current collaborative agreement, we would strongly recommend having a Delegation Agreement (click here) signed by the appropriate physician(s) as well as confirming that you have privileges and malpractice in place per the site/hospital.  

We are attempting to keep informed of any changes that may affect our practice and recommend ASKING FOR ADVICE, from NJSSPA or AAPA, prior to putting yourself in a compromised position.

Here are some resources to be aware of: 

  1. Obtain up to date COVID-19 pandemic information from the NJ-DOH.  
  2. Here is a detailed site with excellent clinical information. Please read it and familiarize yourself with the facts. Even if you no longer practice, you are an important resource to friends, families, and neighbors.
  3. Watch our Facebook and website for information or to connect with fellow NJ PAs.

Most importantly, please remember to take care of yourself and family.  Rest, nourish yourself, allow yourself downtime and ask for help if and when you need it.

The Board of NJSSPA