Statement by RN’s at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital as provided to National Nurses United | National Nurses United

My thoughts about Nurses:

Nurses have always been on the frontlines of healthcare. They do the heavy lifting when it comes to patient care often with their own health at risk. They worry about exposure to infections and that they might carry something home to their families. Nurses deserve all the support we can give them along with the best training and the proper supplies and equipment to do their jobs safely for our sakes and theirs.

Link to Statement on National Nurses United blog: Statement by RN’s at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital as provided to National Nurses United | National Nurses United.

4 thoughts on “Statement by RN’s at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital as provided to National Nurses United | National Nurses United

  1. Victo Dolore

    It is clear that the US was caught with its pants down and as such the staff who agreed to participate in his care, knowing this, were nothing short of heroic. I want to write a whole dang post here, but I will refrain.

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  2. Laura L.

    Oh this brings up so, so much. I have the utmost respect for nurses, and as Victo said, caring for him was heroic. When you read they called the Infectious Disease Dept. and got an “I dunno”… there are no words. Sure, put things in the vacuum tube system! There seems to be a lot of blame to go around. I did wonder where some of the common sense wandered off to, from the nurses on up. You’d have to be living under a rock for many, many months not to hear “Ebola” and think “eek!”

    I’m not surprised that the hospital was ill-prepared. What IS surprising is how long it seemed to take to get some basic information to folks on the front line. Not having worked in a hospital I would think someone, somewhere, would be contacting the CDC and the CDC could give a template page on basic containment. I’m reading that this is a big “not.”

    Sometimes living in isolation as I do has its benefits.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      It sounded to me like being caught unprepared and what can go wrong will go wrong. I learned about isolation protocols when I was a Nurse with the procedure for gowning, gloving, masks and disposal of contaminated materials. But when I just researched the CDC protocol and United Nurses recommendations and others for infection control with Ebola I thought that this requires special training and the Nurses definitely need a buddy system to watch them as they remove the contaminated gowns and gloves and other paraphernalia.

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