D.C. Nurses Join Protests over Lack of Ebola Training

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Nurses at Providence Hospital in Northeast are following the lead of thousands of their peers nationwide who are protesting a glaring lack of training for dealing with Ebola.

The nurses in D.C., who went on strike Wednesday, are participating in a global day of action over the deadly virus that continues to rage in West Africa, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there have been nearly 5,000 deaths.

The nurses and other health care workers are demanding better training and equipment to help them combat the virus, which two nurses at a Dallas hospital contracted while treating a man with Ebola who later died.

"We've been attempting to get hospitals in this country to actually hear the nurses' concerns, and we've been told a lot of things that have been wrong," Roseanne DeMoro, executive director of the National Nurses United, said Oct. 15 during a heated conference call with nurses from across the country. "We've been lied to."

The D.C. nurses also plan to engage in other events aimed at pressuring hospitals and policymakers to improve and standardize Ebola preparedness efforts.

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