MNA members to leaflet on Ebola preparedness

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MNA members to leaflet on Ebola preparedness

Members of Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) will leaflet on Ebola preparedness this Wednesday, November 12, the association's spokesperson David Schildmeier has confirmed.

Schildmeier said that members of the association will leaflet at Boston's South Station and Worcester's Union Station, which are the busiest commuter train stations in the state.

The action by members of the MNA, which represents nearly 23,000 nurses from 54 hospitals, is in accord with National Nurses United (NNU), the country's biggest union of nurses. The NNU has demanded unions to hold a national day of action to protect RNS and Patients.

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The NNU has demanded an executive order mandating a uniform standard. It has called for protocols that would make all hospitals to follow to safely protect patients, nurses and other healthcare workers.

An online petition issued by the union states, "Every healthcare employer must be directed to follow the Precautionary Principle and institute optimal protocols and personal protective equipment for Ebola that meets the highest standards used by Nebraska Medical Center, or a higher standard."

The Ebola virus, which already has killed thousands of people in West African countries, puts health care workers at very high risk as it takes a very limited exposure to the virus is enough to infect an individual. Ebola spreads through direct contact with the already infected person's bodily fluids like blood or vomit, which makes it tremendously essential for health workers to have protective kit while caring for an Ebola patient.

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