Massachusetts Nurses Association's Karen Higgins testifies at Ebola hearing, saying health care workers not protected, prepared

October 16, 2014 10:38 PM

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Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, originally excluded from a State House meeting on Ebola preparedness in the commonwealth, were allowed to give testimony during Thursday's meeting, with former MNA president Karen Higgins telling the committee, "the nurses of Massachusetts are reporting that we are not currently prepared to deal with this potential crisis." She called for every hospital to be equipped with biohazard suits, hours of training prior to patient care and isolation rooms with an additional decontamination area.

"Despite what you might hear from other officials and hospital administrators, if the nurses are telling you we are not properly prepared, then we are not prepared," Higgins, a registered nurse at Boston Medical Center and co-president of National Nurses United, told the hearing of the Joint Committ...

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