Here’s the Varney & Co. Interview on Nurses’ Right to Refuse to Treat Ebola Patients

Here’s the Varney & Co. Interview on Nurses’ Right to Refuse to Treat Ebola Patients

Here’s the video of my interview on “Varney & Co.” on FOX Business Network. Watch it to find out whether nurses have a right to refuse to treat Ebola patients.

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If you missed my interview on “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” on FOX NEWS regarding hospitals’ lack of preparedness for treating Ebola patients, click here.

P.S. I will be writing a more in-depth blog on this subject. Stay tuned.

3 thoughts on “Here’s the Varney & Co. Interview on Nurses’ Right to Refuse to Treat Ebola Patients

  1. Great Job! Remember what JEN showed that during the SARS 2002-2003 outbreak. Powers (2009) points out that the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002-2003, health care staff made up 51% of the patients in the first wave followed by 39% of the patients in the second and final wave of SARS. Powers, R. (2009). Evidence-based ED Disaster Planning. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 35(3), 218-223. I used this for a class during my MA (with honors) in Homeland Security. As an ER nurse and ENA member, I’ve heard from many nurses how ill prepared many hospitals (even the CDC specialty hospitals) are, and much of it has to do with their lack of experienced hospital Emergency Managers. We need to start asking the Dallas Hospital what additional duties they assigned to their hospital emergency manager. In my own hospital, they would be struggling if not for my expertise (as a PRN nurse in the ER. I completely re-wrote their Patient Decontamination response plan that resulted in TJC asking it be submitted for Best Practice). Our hospital EM is the Director of environmental services, safety manager and emergency manager. Can you guess how much training he has in emergency management? I believe this is where we need to look to find out why our hospitals continue to repeat major mistakes (like hurricane Katrina mistakes repeated in Superstorm Sandy including successful litigation against NYC for lack of planning for “special needs” populations). Keep up the great work!

  2. The CDC is constantly changing its stand on what proper PPE is required in caring for Ebola patients. This does not give RNs the confidence to accept the role that they will play going forward. I thank God that many hospitals are surpassing CDC recommendations in regard to PPE and the care of these patients. On exposure to this virus, the CDC pointed to the nurse and claimed breach of protocol, not lack of an effective protocol.

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