National Nurses United on Tuesday called on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other states to follow the landmark mandatory safeguards just established by California to protect nurses, other health workers, and the public from the threat of the deadly Ebola virus. At a press conference in front of Department of Labor, NNU said that it will press for legislation and regulation in other states...
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...and continue to demand the federal government enact mandatory guidelines all hospitals must follow for Ebola and other epidemics modeled on the California standards. "The Ebola pandemic and the exposure of health care workers to the virus represent a clear and present danger to public health," said NNU Co-president Karen Higgins (photo). Last week, 100,000 RNs and other health workers – including RNs at DC’s Providence Hospital -- participated in a global day of Ebola awareness.