NEW: Nurses Union Says RI Not Prepared for Ebola

Friday, October 17, 2014

 

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The United Nurses and Allied Professionals are concerned that Rhode Island is not prepared to deal with a possible Ebola outbreak.

The UNAP will announce will announce the results of an internal survey of members meant to gauge Rhode Island’s Ebola Virus response capabilities on Monday, according to union president Linda McDonald, RN.

“As the voice of frontline caregivers, we remain very concerned about Rhode Island’s level of preparedness to respond to the Ebola virus,” McDonald said.

“While political leaders are assuring the public that our state is ready, those of us who work in Emergency Rooms and at hospital bedsides are beginning to tell a very different story. Our members are raising serious concerns about a lack of training, uniform protocol and access to appropriate protective equipment for health care professionals,” McDonald said.

This week, the UNAP began surveying its members regarding hospital and health care facility Ebola response methods. The electronic and face-to-face survey will continue through Sunday. McDonald and other UNAP leaders will release the results on Monday morning.

“I have significant concerns about our state’s level of preparedness. Our goal in conducting this member survey is to spur state leaders and hospital administrators into initiating universal protocols and procedures that ensure the safety of caregivers, patients and the public at-large,” McDonald said.

The results will be announced at 10 a.m. at the UNAP Offices on 375 Branch Ave. in Providence.

 

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October 17

Nurses Union Says RI Not Prepared for Ebola

The United Nurses and Allied Professionals are concerned that Rhode Island is not prepared to deal with a possible Ebola outbreak.

The UNAP will announce will announce the results of an internal survey of members meant to gauge Rhode Island’s Ebola Virus response capabilities on Monday, according to union president Linda McDonald, RN.

“As the voice of frontline caregivers, we remain very concerned about Rhode Island’s level of preparedness to respond to the Ebola virus,” McDonald said.

“While political leaders are assuring the public that our state is ready, those of us who work in Emergency Rooms and at hospital bedsides are beginning to tell a very different story. Our members are raising serious concerns about a lack of training, uniform protocol and access to appropriate protective equipment for health care professionals,” McDonald said.

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