The National Federation of the Orders of the Nursing Professions (until 15 February 2018 of the Ipasvi Colleges) is a non-economic public law body, acting as a subsidiary body of the State, established by Law No. 1049 of 29 October 1954, and regulated by Legislative Decree No. 233 of 13 September 1946 and subsequent Presidential Decree No. 221 of 5 April 1950, as amended by Law No. 3 of 11/1/2018.
The Federation, at the national level:
- has the representation of the nursing profession in the interests of members and citizens who are users of the competences that membership of an Order in itself certifies;
- protects at the national level the public interests, guaranteed by the law, connected with professional practice;
- coordinates and promotes the activities of the respective provincial Orders.
The supervisory body of the Federation is the Ministry of Health.
In order to practice his or her activity, in whatever juridical form it is carried out, the nurse must be registered in the competent Register held by the provincial Orders.
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As we all know by now, nurses in the COVID-19 pandemic have played and are still playing a fundamental role that has brought before everyone’s eyes their level of professionalism, but above all that of humanity and closeness to citizens.
None of them is backing down from rescuing and assisting people in their time of need, even at the risk of their own health and in some cases their lives.
To date, in fact, the number of nurses who have tested positive for COVID-19 now exceeds 50,000 (nurses make up more than 52% of healthcare workers who have tested positive for COVID-19) and, unfortunately, deaths have increased exponentially as the crisis has worsened.
These numbers are very high, considering the almost 180,000 nurses directly involved, albeit in different ways, in the battle against this pandemic.
Fatigue, stress, social isolation
It should not be overlooked that, in addition to the risks to their own health, nurses are well aware of the social isolation they face, as they inevitably have to detach themselves from their loved ones for a time that cannot be determined in advance in order not to spread the virus.
And yet, for all of them, the primary and declared objective is to return to service.to be able to give their indispensable support to the cause once again.
Support that is substantiated, as the entire public opinion has been able to verify, in exhausting shifts and emotional stress that inevitably lead to repercussions on the psychophysical sphere of the operators (from vascular diseases to those of the gastroenteric apparatus up to burnout syndrome with extreme forms of depression that can even lead to suicide, as unfortunately has happened recently).
This is a situation at the limit of what is bearable, which is now widespread and risks causing negative consequences even for those who need all the professionalism and attention that every healthcare professional must guarantee: the patients.
Serious material inconveniences
Added to this are all the material inconveniences for those who have to leave their homes to go to work far from their homes in order to respond to emergencies due to the lack of personnel in the areas most affected by COVID-19, or for those who become ill and need isolation in a place other than their family home.
Finally, we must not forget the now unfortunately increasing number of families of nurses who have died of Coronavirus infection in the performance of their duties.
Families who, in addition to having to deal with the drama of losing a husband or wife, a father or mother, a son or daughter, risk finding themselves in situations of serious economic and financial difficulty due to the sudden disappearance of the person who contributed significantly to the family’s subsistence.