Nurses against Ebola stage “die-in” in Vegas
Last week, nurses gathered in Las Vegas to raise awareness for what they believe is a lack of preparedness by U.S. hospitals for a potential Ebola outbreak. The gathering came just days before the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Nurses were in town for the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United convention, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Around 1,000 nurses donned bright red T-shirts (some also wore faux hazmat suits) to stage what they termed a “die-in.” The nurses gathered outside the Bellagio fountain and many fell to the ground. Other nurses traced a chalk outline of the nurses and included the hashtag #StopEbolaRNRN. There also was a moment of silence held for the health workers who have died from the disease in Africa.
The protesters felt that the U.S. would not be prepared for the disease if it came to our shores.
“It’s not acceptable that these people are dying,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United. “It is going to come here.”
Watch a video featuring DeMoro and footage of the “die-in” below:
The first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. traveled from West Africa to Dallas and developed symptoms five days after arriving in the U.S. Before that, the only cases of Ebola in the U.S. were diagnosed in Africa and brought to the U.S. for treatment. The chief nurse of Emory University Hospital, where those Ebola patients were treated, wrote about the decision to bring those cases to the U.S.
Additionally, President Obama called on the U.S. to lead the fight against the outbreak. But even with the 3,000 troops he pledged to send to the region, the CDC estimates the number of cases will continue to grow and may reach 1.4 million by January.
Nurses, what do you think of the “die-in”? Do you agree that U.S. hospitals are unprepared for an Ebola outbreak? What do you think hospitals and healthcare workers can do to better prepare?