RN Ebola Strike and National Day of Action –
From California to Maine, registered nurses plan to make their voices heard louder on with a National Day of Action for Ebola Safety Standards.
This comes after hospitals across the country refuse to set proper safety protocols and training with optimal personal protective equipment.
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Another strike will take place at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC, affecting 400 RNs.
“We’re striking to protect ourselves and our patients,” said Providence RN, Rose Farhoudi.
In addition, Ebola safety actions are tentatively set for Augusta, Ga., Bar Harbor, Me., Boston, Chicago, Durham, N.C., Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Lansing, Mi., Massilon, Oh., Miami, St. Louis, St. Paul, Mn., St. Petersburg, Fl., and Washington DC, as well as a number of other California locations.
The list of actions will continue to grow, as nurses are contacting NNU across the country.
Nurses are demanding that all U.S. hospitals follow the precautionary principle in safety measures for Ebola, which holds that absent scientific consensus that a particular risk is not harmful, especially one that can have catastrophic consequences, the highest level of safeguards must be adopted.
That means nurses and other caregivers who interact with Ebola patients are provided the optimal personal protective equipment, including full-body hazmat suits that are body fluid, blood and virus impervious.
“We know from years of experience that these hospitals will meet the cheapest standards, not the most effective precautions. And now we are done talking and ready to act,” said NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro.