Nurses, Say Thank You to Ebola Nurses, Patients, Those Speaking Out
Talk of Ebola is all over the news. In recent weeks, we've all watched as the crisis has unfolded. We've seen the devastating effects of this deadly virus. Let's not forget the impact it has had on some of our own. Let's take this time to express our support, appreciation, and well-wishes to those nurses who have been personally affected by this health crisis.
Over the past months, the people of West Africa have been dealing with the Ebola crisis. In spite of the efforts of doctors and nurses from around the world who have traveled to Africa to assist in treating of Ebola patients, the number of newly diagnosed and fatalities keeps growing. The deadly virus has now worked its way across western Africa and the rest of the world.
The virus moved into the United States in late September with the first confirmed United States Ebola diagnosis in Texas, Thomas Duncan. Despite medical care, Mr. Duncan became the first Ebola fatality in the US, just a week after diagnosis.
Many nurses in Dallas were deeply involved in caring for Mr. Duncan. Unfortunately, two of those nurses became infected with the Ebola virus and are now hospitalized. Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, the first person to contract the virus in the United States, is now a patient at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to contract Ebola, is a patient at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. We must also remember the nurses in Africa who have cared for many Ebola patients.
Since the Ebola issues in Dallas, many nurses have spoken out about breaches in protocol. Some have done so anonymously, while one nurse had the courage to speak out in an interview on national television. These nurse are motivated by a sense of nursing professionalism and a desire to provide safe, quality care to all patients.
Take This Opportunity to Say "Thank You" To All The Nurses Who Have Been Involved In The Ebola Crisis
Nurses who have cared for Ebola patients, either in the United States or across the globe. These nurses have willingly and knowingly placed themselves in harm's way dealing with a deadly virus, because this is what nurses do. Every day nurses are among the first responders, the first line of defense, advocates for their patients. The Ebola crisis has just magnified the importance of nurses.
Nurses who cared for Ebola patients and are now patients. These are nurses who worked diligently to provide compassionate and quality care for Ebola patients. Of course Nina and Amber are "close to home", but let's also remember the number of nurses around the world who have also contracted the virus.
Nurses who are speaking out about policy and protocol breaches. By speaking out against unsafe practices when caring for Ebola patients, these nurses are willing to put their jobs on the line in order to potentially prevent coworkers and others from contracting the virus. Thank you for your courage.
Nurses....we salute all of you who have been personally touched by the Ebola crisis. We support you and applaud your efforts. Nina, Amber, and other nurses who contracted the virus "in the line of duty", our prayers, well wishes, and healing thoughts are with each of you.
Please help us thank these wonderful nurses by posting your words of support, gratitude, and appreciation.
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Specialty: 30+ year(s) of experience in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish NsgOct 20, '14May the Good Lord laid his healing hands upon you.wishing you guys a speedy recovery (nina and amber and all nurses who participated in treating ebola patients. God richly bess you all in abundantly. I am proud of you.Oct 20, '14Sending out thoughts, prayers and well wishes to Amber and Nina as well as their friends and loved ones. Praying for a speedy and 100% recovery. Hoping they can gain some normalicy in their lives once recovered.
To the nurses who continue to put themselves in harms way to care for our 'sisters' Nina and Amber as well as all other Ebola victims...thank you too! Praying there are no more cases of nurses becoming infected. (or any healthcare provider for that matter).Oct 20, '14It's nurses like these that make me want to become a nurse and give me the drive to go back to school in my late 30s to make it happen. THANK YOU to all of you who have heeded the call to help, not only patients with Ebola, but everyone in need.Oct 20, '14Sending positive vibes for a full recovery and many thanks for doing what we do unabashedly for the sake of our patients.Oct 20, '14In light of the Ebola situation in Texas, we were told we could send words of encouragement to our fellow healthcare workers in Dallas. After all the additional training and education, awareness and preparedness these past weeks, I want to share words of encouragement with any and everyone that needs them. I have been vigilant in educating myself with "all the latest updates". Honestly, its been exhausting. However, I want to say the following to you, my fellow healthcare workers.... Thoughts and prayers continue. Keep your heads up. You all are rock stars that are making medical history. Modern day pioneers that should be applauded for your courage and compassion. Thank you for all you are doing and for letting us all learn from all your efforts. Much love from MN, TCRucker
May God keep us all safe as we join together to fight this terrible disease. Stay blessedOct 20, '14Thank you to all of the courageous nurses who not only provide care for these patients, but also speak out regarding the need for proper education and equipment to safely provide care for patients fighting this disease.Oct 20, '14To: Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, all of us nurses all are thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery! If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know!
Brian Short RN (founder of allnurses.com) in Minnesota
PS: To all the nurses and other HCP taking care of you both, you are also in our thoughts! You are doing amazing things!
Oct 20, '14My thoughts and prayers are with the wonderful medical staff who have cared for Ebola patients. Thank you for your hard work and bravery.Oct 20, '14Thank you! This not only to the two US nurses that have been in the news, but to all the anonymous nurses dealing with this every day. It is somewhat sad that it took ebola reaching the US for attention to be placed on the front line health care workers that have been working with this for years.