Gleaming even more brightly than the U.S. Capitol building behind them, 160 pairs of white nurse’s shoes bore mute testimony to the lives lost to COVID-19 at a memorial Tuesday held by National Nurses United. “How many of these frontline nurses would be here today if they had had the equipment they needed to do their jobs safely?” said NNU president Zenei Cortez, RN. Nurses – including some from the metro DC area -- gathered at the Capitol to demand that the U.S. Senate pass the HEROES Act, which would provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and regulatory protections for frontline health care workers. The House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act on May 15 “but Senator Mitch McConnell has sat on his hands as the pandemic has surged and nurses and other health care workers have gone without the proper PPE, causing many to get sick and die,” said Cortez.
photo: Rick Reinhard