Nurse and Patient Vigil at Enloe

Nurses say there is a lack of transparency regarding PPE from hospitals around the country during the pandemic.

Posted: Apr 22, 2020 11:23 PM
Updated: Apr 22, 2020 11:24 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- Patients and registered nurses gathered at Enloe Medical Center Wednesday night.

They were protesting what they are calling a lack of transparency regarding personal protective equipment from hospitals around the country during the pandemic.

48 registered nurses and 97 health care workers have died due to COVID-19 across the country. Enloe nurses says they don’t want to keep seeing their own die while trying to save lives.

Dozens of nurses and patients stood in solidarity with a lit candle in hand for the lives lost and the ones still on the frontlines with no proper PPE.

They sais as of right now, Enloe Medical Center is supplying its nurses with proper PPE, but are unsure if this will continue due to a nationwide shortage.

Nurses also said they would like the hospital to provide information and meet with them to collaborate on pandemic plans to better serve all.

“We want to be involved in the processes,” said Leslie Rasmussen, a Cancer Center R.N. at Enloe. “We want to be informed of the actual PPE that is available, so that we can anticipate what will happen in the future.”

“This is a worldwide problem, not a local one and despite this ongoing challenge, Enloe Medical Center is ready and able to meet the medical needs of our community,” said Jolene Francis, the Director of Advancement and Communications for Enloe.

Francis also says administrators update its employees and community regularly, specifically of the worldwide shortage.

The nurses hope the Defense Protection Act will be passed. They say this will help them if a surge happens.

Francis also says Enloe has the capacity in the facility to take patients and have the supplies to meet the needs of the community if a surge does happen.

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