100,000 Nurses Strike Over Lack Of Ebola Protection

100,000 Nurses Strike Over Lack Of Ebola Protection

Some nurses in the U.S. and other countries are holding a two-day strike that started Tuesday over insufficient training for a possible Ebola outbreak, according to an RTAmerica video.

In some cases the extent of ebola precautions is a printout from the Centers for Disease Control website, and unions representing the healthcare workers are concerned their members could be in danger, the report said.

U.S. hospitals still lack enough hazardous materials suits that cover all exposed skin and they don’t have enough air-purifying respirators to protect nurses from exposure, said the California-based nurses’ union, National Nurses United, according to a HuffingtonPost report.

“Inadequate preparedness for Ebola symbolizes the erosion of patient care standards generally,” said National Nurses United spokesman Charles Idelson.

As many as 100,000 nurses were expected to participate in rallies and demonstrations in 12 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other countries including Australia and the Philippines, HuffingtonPost reported. Despite protests, the health care workers are expected to remain on the job during the two-day strike.