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Rallies in Durham, internationally to call attention to Ebola safety for nurses

Posted November 11, 2014

Ebola Outbreak

— Registered nurses in Durham will join an estimated 100,000 other medical professionals around the world Wednesday to call attention to the safety of those who treat Ebola patients.

The effort, dubbed ‘Global Ebola Awareness Day,’ is organized by National Nurses United and will include a vigil outside the White House.

In Durham, a rally will take place outside the Durham VA Medical Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“If nurses had not taken to the air waves, to the streets and to the legislatures, there would have been inaction on Ebola,” said Rose Ann DeMoro, National Nurses United executive director, in a statement.

The organization is demanding more Ebola patient and nurse safety measures, including optimal personal protective equipment for caregivers and for all medical facilities to provide “continuous, rigorous, interactive” training for nurses and staff.

The rallies come about a week after a Dallas nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed on American soil, said she didn’t have enough training prior to treating him.

"The first time that I put on the protective equipment, I was heading in to take care of the patient," Amber Vinson told NBC's "Today" show on Nov. 6.

Vinson and another nurse treating Duncan were diagnosed with Ebola. Both nurses survived. Duncan later died from the virus.

Hospitals and others across central North Carolina have provided Ebola training for nurses and staff, including Fort Bragg’s Womack Army Medical Center, Wake County EMS and WakeMed, where employees have had Ebola training since September.

But DeMoro says more training is needed around the world.

“We know from years of experience that these hospitals will meet the cheapest standards, not the most effective precautions,” she said. “And now we are done talking and ready to act.”


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  • smdrn Nov 12, 2014

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    Exactly! I'm an RN, and I have put my foot down when I have been asked to take care of a patient or perform a task that I wasn't familiar with or had enough experience with to do safely. I didn't refuse and walk away, but I demanded assistance, training, and guidance instead of just doing it on my own. First rule of safety in EMS is don't let the rescuer become the recuee. As a nurse, I need to be able to protect myself as well as my patients. I worked in the ER, so most times we have already been exposed to things before we know what we are dealing with. It comes with the territory. But that doesn't mean that we throw safety out the window either.

  • Progressiveredneck Nov 12, 2014

    I'm still waiting for all the ebola cases that were being hidden before the election to come out. How much longer do we have to wait?

  • jimcricket15 Nov 12, 2014

    How unfortunate. Had the fools in charge done the right things the majority of nurses would not have to be concerned. Those right things would be these simple measures. Prohibit people from flying in that have recently been in one of the impacted countries. Quarantine for the established period of time any Americans that have been in one of those countries. Designate specific hospitals near the quarantine facilities as treatment centers for anyone that is shown to be infected during their quarantine period. Make sure those hospitals have sufficient equipment and specifically trained people. Also those hospitals should ask the doctors and nurses to volunteer to treat ebola patients. they will be at high risk and should not be forced to provide treatment. Doing these things would have provided a much more controlled environment to deal with this deadly virus and no this is not fear or hysteria, this is based on the SCIENCE.

  • icdmbpppl Nov 12, 2014

    As long as we continue unlimited travel to and from West Africa, we are putting our health care workers in danger of contracting Ebola and spreading it to others. Does anyone in this administration have any common sense.?

  • Lee Co Rat Nov 12, 2014

    I agree with everything about this protest,
    however some personal responsibility has to be taken on starting any task that you do not feel like you have had enough training on

  • stymieindurham Nov 12, 2014

    This is one protest, march, ralley, or whatever you want to call it I can support 100%.