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California Nurses' Ebola Strike to Protest Lack of Hospital Preparedness

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Nurses carry signs as they strike outside of Kaiser Permanente hospital on November 11, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 01:55 PM

About 18,000 nurses in California are planning to hold a two-day strike this week to protest hospitals' inadequate preparedness for Ebola.

The strike is expected to affect 21 hospitals and 65 clinics owned by Kaiser Permanente, Bloomberg reported. It's scheduled to begin Tuesday.

National Nurses United released a statement last week, saying the company "continued to stonewall on dozens of proposals to improve patient care standards, as well as refusing to address the concern of Kaiser RNs about Ebola safety protocols and protective equipment, refusing to even answer questions by the RNs," Bloomberg said.

Kaiser Permanente spokesman John Nelson told Bloomberg that the hospitals will maintain normal operating hours under the company’s contingency plan and that elective procedures and non-emergency appointments would be rescheduled.

Wednesday is designated as a National Day of Action, with about 100,000 nurses nationwide expected to participate in strikes, rallies, and candlelight vigils, The Washington Post reported.

NNU has gone before Congress and requested an executive order from President Barack Obama seeking tougher restrictions to protect nurses and other healthcare workers, The Post said. The nurses are asking for full-body hazmat suits and air purifying respirators, as well as training and practice putting on and removing protective gear.

"We’re putting our lives on the line, but the hospitals are saying our lives aren’t worth it," Katy Roemer, a registered nurse in at Oakland Medical Center, told the newspaper. "You can’t imagine the questions from our families. One colleague's 6-year-old asked, 'Mommy, do you get to wear the suit that keeps you safe from bad germs?'"

Twitter users expressed wide-ranging concerns.







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