If You Missed Me Discussing Ebola On Bloomberg TV Yesterday…


Yesterday I was on “Street Smart” on Bloomberg TV to address the rising fear among RNs of treating Ebola patients without adequate training and PPE.

I’ve been asked to appear today on “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” on FOX NEWS. I will continue to discuss the alarming impact Ebola has placed on the already dangerous levels of stress among RNs. Once again, I’ll represent the front-line nurses I’ve heard from (all of you) and hope that I am permitted to communicate to the American public your fears and concerns over the lack of preparedness by healthcare facilities.

I invite you to join me today, October 16, 2:00pm ET on FOX NEWS.

P.S. Comment and wish me luck. I want to do my very best for nurses!

17 thoughts on “If You Missed Me Discussing Ebola On Bloomberg TV Yesterday…

  1. Vickie,

    Thank you for taking the time to request input from nurses regarding the stresses in their workplace and making the next step of sharing the results. Our profession is admired by patients for the knowledge, caring and expertise we bring to the bedside. It is necessary to speak out on our behalf in order to motivate positive changes, otherwise patient outcomes may be, or have been, adversely affected. You truly are a nurse at heart! I am proud to state I am a LegalNurse.com graduate!!

    Suzanne Horkan, RN, BSN, CLNC

    1. Vickie,
      I appreciate your advocacy for the nursing profession! So timely! Your consistency in the message for hospitals to address emergency preparations that protect the front-line health care staff against a disease that could become a national threat can not go unnoticed!


      Martin Kimera, RN, Bsc, Critical Care, CLNC.

  2. Thank you, Vickie, for being an advocate to all nurses. Seeing you today on Fox News and hearing your commentary makes me so proud to know you and be a member of the NACLNC® Association. You were terrific!
    Maura L Cavanaugh, RN, CLNC.

  3. I like your style Vickie, during your national interview. You put the concerns of nursing out there where it needs to be. You were precise and to the point using silence as a powerful factor making the public think. Safety for our nurses is a major concern. It is time for nursing to evolve and meet standards of care in safety measures for the public and nursing. And of course for anyone who has to enter the Ebola stricken patient’s room.

  4. In my heart I wished you luck, but I bet you did better than the Belton epidemiologist.
    Two children in two different middle schools were on the plane with the infectious person. They did not have any symptoms but the epidemiologist had them sent home, at first for two days, then stated that no one needed to stay home unless symptoms developed. I read the article that the incubation was from 2 days to 21 days to be able to detect symptoms. Anyway, the epidemiologist guaranteed that there would be no outbreak of Ebola because she was the expert.
    But today it was announced that three middle schools WOULD BE SHUT DOWN FOR 21 DAYS and in the meantime they would be chemically washed down prior to the admission of the children.
    Vickie, doesn’t the TWA have standards for refusing admittance of infectious people on the plane? I would think if Ebola was uncontrolled in West Africa that the TWA would refuse to fly anyone in or out of the country until CDC authorized approval. Also, the nurse that was infected called three times to ask if it was okay for her to board the plane with a 103 degree fever. Granted, she shouldn’t have had to call but to seek medical help, but the fever might have made her confused. From what I have read, Ebola is similar to TB but ten times worse.

    Idea – treat Ebola like TB but more aggressively such as:
    • Reverse Isolation Room.
    • Isolation equipment in room.
    • Wear reverse isolation mask (individually issued to nurses).
    • Private duty 12-hour nursing because if the nurse doesn’t have other patients, the risk of spreading the disease is lessened.
    • If eight nurses are rotated every week then there would be continuity of care and containment because the nurses would have to be inoculated prior to care.

    1. Amber Vinson’s fever was not 103 degrees but 99.5 degrees; below the CDC threshold of 100.4. And she was not denied the opportunity to travel when she talked to a CDC rep.

  5. Vickie,
    Thank you for stepping up and addressing this issue in the media. I like the approach you are taking! If you would like to discuss this Ebola issue with one of your CLNC® consultants with a lot of hospital emergency preparedness experience:
    I have been my State Public Health and Hospital Preparedness Program Director
    The Emergency Nurse Association Emergency Management & Preparedness Committee Chairperson
    I’m a retired Lt Colonel USAF Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer to a Midwestern state and worked “SuperStorm” Sandi hospital issues for NORAD/NORTHCOM
    I have a Master’s Degree (with Honors) in Homeland Security
    I’m one of only 14 Internationally Certified Emergency Managers (CEM through IAEM) in my state.
    I’m actively working Ebola Preparedness for my hospital in a US city with a major university (international students).
    My best accomplishment is having been a presenter at Run Like a CLNC® Renegade to Win Challenging Elopement Cases – National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants (NACLNC®) Annual Conference and Expo – San Antonio, TX March 2008.
    Give me a call! I’m always glad to help a fellow CLNC® consultant!

  6. Vickie is right on target. Nursing staff must have the correct training and personal protective equipment available to prevent spreading infection.

    1. Vickie – while I don’t doubt your good intentions, why are you being asked to speak for bedside nurses? Why aren’t actual bedside nurses being sought by Fox News? At my hospital the Ebola training so far has been two emails with flow charts essentially encouraging us to ask travel questions. The National Nurses United’s survey was not wrong – the average hospital is woefully unprepared for Ebola. America needs to hear this directly from bedside nurses.

      1. Judy, I have been recognized as a medical malpractice expert for 32 years. Lack of preparedness, lack of appropriate PPE and lack of training are huge malpractice issues. Plus, nurses trust me to represent their voice. The more of us willing to speak up for nurses the better. Stay safe.

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