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Friday, October 31, 2014


National Nurses United

RN Ebola Strike and National Day of Action – November 12

From California to Maine, registered nurses plan to make their voices heard louder on Nov. 12 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.

Please sign petition: Tell President Obama and Congress to mandate hospitals protect nurses and healthcare workers.

A centerpiece to the actions will be a two-day strike by 18,000 RNs and nurse practitioners at 66 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics who have pressed the giant HMO for improved standards for weeks. Kaiser officials have repeatedly dismissed the nurses’ concerns.
NNU Co-President Deborah Burger, NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro and NNU Vice-President Zenei Cortez, who is also chair of the Kaiser RN bargaining team
“Kaiser has shown a complete disregard for the safety of nurses and patients in the face of a disease that the World Health Organization calls the ‘most severe acute health emergency in modern times’,” said Deborah Burger, RN, co-president of NNU and a Kaiser nurse. “We will not be silent while Kaiser puts all of us, our families, and our communities, at risk.”

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.
  • Meet American Society for Testing and Materials F1670 standard for blood penetration
  • Meet F1671 standard for viral penetration
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-approved powered air purifying respirators with an assigned protection factor of at least 50, with full hood
  • Leave no skin exposed or unprotected
  • Hands-on interactive training on proper donning and doffing HazMat suits
 NNU has also repeatedly called on the White House and Congress to direct all hospitals to meet these standards.
“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.

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