Overcoming the Challenges of COVID-19

This section provides COVID-19 information for healthcare professionals and employees. The situation is rapidly evolving and we will be updating real time as new information becomes available.

Letter From Our C.N.O
Employee Assistance Program

As we navigate through these unprecedented times, The Nurses 24/7 team has made great strides and advancements to meet the needs of both healthcare heroes and clients. In addition to our in-office work hours, we have been working remotely. By setting up our secondary home offices, our team is more accessible than ever to those that need us most. We pride ourselves on being available “24/7/365” to all active nurses, with the assistance of our live, on call, Professional Support Service. Our clinical team stands on the frontline with our nurses; their greatest goal is to give our nurses 24/7 access to feeling safe, answering any questions or concerns, and guiding them through new opportunities and experiences. We understand the increasing demands and challenges our nurses face, and by working remotely, our team has been able to adapt and serve them even better than before!

In addition, by becoming more available to our clients, and learning their needs, we are able to identify just how overwhelmed hospitals have become. As a team, we focus our efforts on meeting the needs of our clients, while understanding the importance of our role in supporting them in any way we can. We take great pride in understanding that this is, too, OUR mission. It is no longer just a job, but a commitment to our goal: staffing our clients with exceptional front-line heroes to fight this pandemic. Together, we see it as our responsibility and mission to fight alongside them.

The Nurses 24/7 Recruiting Team identifies nurses all over the country who want to take part in this fight. We know that communication is key to any successful partnership, that is why we work with each nurses’ chaotic schedule to make sure all wants and needs are heard, understood, and met.

The Nurses 24/7 Liaison Team work directly with our nurses, focusing on making each nurse feel comfortable and appreciated for their time and continuous efforts. The liaisons also work directly with our clients, making sure to fill and staff each facility with professional and dedicated nurses.

The Nurses 24/7 Human Resources team works around the clock to get nurses credentialed and out into the field as safely and quickly as possible. Our leaders internally support the staff, clients, and nurses in every way possible and allow for all to better understand that this is now our calling: to fight this pandemic together.

Currently, vaccines are available to the following groups:

  • Paid and unpaid healthcare workers
  • Residents and workers of long-term care and high-risk congregate care facilities
  • First responders including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals
  • Individuals aged over 65
  • Individuals aged 16-64 that have certain medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus

See below for additional details on these groups.

Healthcare Personnel (Phase 1A)

Paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials, including, but not limited to:

  • Licensed healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists
  • Staff like receptionists, janitors, mortuary services, laboratory technicians
  • Consultants, per diem, and contractors who are not directly employed by the facility
  • Unpaid workers like health professional students, trainees, volunteers, and essential caregivers
  • Community health workers, doulas, and public health professionals like Medical Reserve Corps
  • Personnel with variable venues like EMS, paramedics, funeral staff, and autopsy workers
  • All workers in acute, pediatric, and behavioral health hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers
  • All workers in health facilities like psychiatric facilities, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and rehabs
  • All workers in clinic-based settings like urgent care clinics, dialysis centers, and family planning sites
  • All workers in long-term care settings like nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, and others
  • All workers in occupational-based healthcare settings like health clinics within workplaces, shelters, jails, colleges and universities, and K-12 schools
  • All workers in community-based healthcare settings like PACE and Adult Living Community Nursing
  • All workers in home-based settings like hospice, home care, and visiting nurse services
  • All workers in office-based healthcare settings like physician and dental offices
  • All workers in public health settings like local health departments, LINCS agencies, harm reduction centers, and medicinal marijuana programs
  • All workers in retail, independent, and institutional pharmacies
  • Other paid or unpaid people who work in a healthcare setting, who may have direct or indirect contact with infectious persons or materials, and who cannot work from home.

Long-Term Care Residents and Staff (Phase 1A)

All residents and workers of long-term care and high-risk congregate care facilities, including:

  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Veterans homes
  • Assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and personal care homes
  • Group homes like residential care homes, adult family homes, adult foster homes, and intellectual and developmental disabilities group homes
  • HUD 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program residences
  • Institutional settings like psychiatric hospitals, correctional institutions, county jails, and juvenile detention facilities (for eligible minors, e.g. 16+ years of age may be eligible for Pfizer vaccine under the emergency use authorization)
  • Other vulnerable, congregate, long-term settings

First Responders (Phase 1B)

Sworn law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders, including:

  • New Jersey State Police troopers
  • Municipal and county police officers
  • Campus police officers
  • Detectives in prosecutors' offices and state agencies
  • State agency/authority law enforcement officers (e.g. State Park Police and Conservation Officers, Palisades Interstate Parkway Officers, Human Services police, and NJTransit police)
  • Investigator, Parole and Secured Facilities Officers
  • Aeronautical Operations Specialists
  • Sworn Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Special Agents
  • Bi-State law enforcement officers (e.g. Port Authority)
  • Court Security Officers
  • Paid and unpaid members of firefighting services (structural and wildland)
  • Paid and unpaid members of Search and Rescue Units including technical rescue units and HAZMAT teams
  • Paid and unpaid firefighters who provide emergency medical services
  • Paid and unpaid members of Industrial units that perform Fire, Rescue and HAZMAT services
  • Members of State Fire Marshal's Offices
  • Bi-State Fire Service Personnel (e.g. Port Authority)

Individuals at High Risk (Phase 1B)

Individuals aged 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus. These conditions include:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Individuals who are pregnant and those in an immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplantare also eligible but should follow CDC guidance and first discuss vaccination with their medical provider before receiving the vaccine.

If you are currently eligible, click here for more information on where to get vaccinated.

Who is eligible for vaccination next?

  • Additional essential workers (Phases 1B and/or 1C)
  • Additional individuals at high risk (Phases 1B and/or 1C)
  • General population (Phase 2)

NOTE: Vaccination phases are tentative and subject to change. The movement between vaccination eligibility phases is fluid. One phase may overlap with another. Not all individuals in one phase will be vaccinated before opening to additional groups.

Announcements regarding prioritization of the remainder of essential workers and individuals at high risk will be forthcoming. Categories of individuals are informed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce" advisory list, ACIP recommendations, and recommendations of the NJDOH COVID-19 Professional Advisory Committee.

Click here for more information on where the vaccines will be available. All New Jerseyans can register for the vaccine here.

Additional Information

Source: COVID-19 Briefings; DOH COVID-19 Vaccination Page

COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

NJ is allowing Temp licensures through 2/28/2021. This could be extended by the State if required.
Please click on Get NJ Temporary License for the Temp license application along with instructions on how to attain it

NJ is also accepting RN licenses from other states as well as expired licenses.