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  • Oct 20 '14

    We just want to thank the 3000+ of you nurses who participated in the Ebola Preparedness survey! The Nurses' voices have been heard! The results of the survey have been shared with millions across the country through the media as Brian Short RN, founder of, participated in several interviews this past week following the survey. Now we are sharing the detailed results with you.

    We've worked hard to get the voices of "real nurses" out there - Your voices. The results of the survey clearly reflect the opinions of, not only members, but all nurses everywhere. You can be nursing advocates and make an impact.

    Quote from Brian Short, RN
    "The main thing that we can take away: nurses understand the risks that come with their job. They're willing to do their job, but they need the proper equipment and proper training to do the job effectively and safely."
    Keep reading for the survey results!

    Ebola Preparedness Survey - October 9, 2014

    In a survey of more than 3,000 nurses across the country, more than 70% say they are unprepared to deal with the Ebola crisis. The survey was conducted by after a nurse contracted the disease in Texas from contact with an infected patient.

    Press coverage featuring the Ebola Preparedness Survey and your voices.

    When Ebola Enters the Workplace

    October 14, 2014 - Issues around communication, training and pay are cropping up as leaders try to quell fears while making sure they will be adequately staffed if infected patients come to their facilities. Be sure to watch the video which also refers to the survey.

    Nurses Say They Are Unprepared to Take on Ebola: Polls

    October 14, 2014 - A survey of more than 3,000 nurses by, a networking site for nurses and nursing students, found that 74% of participants don't feel ready to take on an Ebola outbreak or even a patient. And 73% said their hospital hasn't given them enough training. The nurses surveyed said they needed in-person practice sessions and drills the most.

    Nurses Say They Are Unprepared to Deal with Ebola

    October 14, 2014 - For nurses, the most frightening aspect may be the lack of preparation. However, most nurses do feel like there are solutions to these problems such as "better communication about preparedness at [their] facility". Even more helpful, according to the survey, would be "Live (in-person) training sessions or practice drills,"

    Survey: Nurses fear they aren't prepared to handle Ebola outbreak

    October 15, 2014 - With the second U.S. case of Ebola, Phoenix hospitals are stepping up protocol efforts, as nurses nationwide fear they are not prepared to deal with afflicted patients. Brian Short, RN owner of said "Nurses are the No. 1 employee of a health care system. They're saying they don't have information and training they need to handle these cases. To me, that screams there is a serious need in the industry to listen to the nurses."

    Majority of Nurses, Front Line Health Workers Don't Feel Ready for Ebola

    October 14, 2014 - Responding almost immediately to the news of the Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola, nurses across the country are adding to the growing chorus of concern over how hospitals and front-line healthcare workers deal with any possible exposure. The "vast majority" of nurses nationwide "don't feel prepared or safe" for treating any such patient, according to a recent survey of 3,000 nurses from

    Ebola and Hospitals: How Great is the Threat?

    October 15, 2014 - Many healthcare workers, especially nurses, have expressed concern about their safety when treating Ebola patients. Brian Short, RN, president and founder of, said his organization surveyed 3,000 nurses and 74% said they didn't feel safe or prepared to deal with a potential Ebola outbreak or patient, and 73% said their hospital hadn't provided them with training to handle a patient infected with Ebola."I'm sure that's going to raise the anxiety of the healthcare workers now."

    American nurses lack the most important protection from Ebola: training

    October 16, 2014 - As people around the world try to assess the danger of Ebola, it's particularly disconcerting to hear that health workers--who one might presume are knowledgeable enough to protect themselves from transmission--are failing to do so because they do not have the proper training or equipment.

    Quotes from our members regarding the survey' outreach and impact:

    Quote from tokmom
    "We are all in this together because it's all we have. The news media and facilities are quick to blame the nurse. Well, lets get the TRUTH out there."
    Quote from LadyFree28
    "Nurses get to speak! This is WONDERFUL news and an important unity to have the media focus on what nurses actually do and face; unfortunately, it had to a take an infectious disease to show how a percentage of hospitals only care about the bottom line and are not up to par. I hope we, as nurses, can keep pushing these issues to the forefront beyond Ebola, and effectively make change, we owe it to ourselves and our patients."
    Quote from nursel56
    "Allnurses is by far the best place to take the pulse (haha) of the nursing community as a whole. My own feeling...sure reporters go ahead and call the ANA but we're the real voice of nursing!"
    Quote from 1KoolRN
    "It's about time nurses are respected and regarded as having a powerful impact on the health and safety of our country."
    There will be a follow-up survey this week. As this crisis continues, we want to hear from you as we continually strive to be a means by which the voices of nurses can be heard and make a difference in the Ebola crisis as well as other important issues to come.

    Detailed survey results from 3,201 participants...

    Do you feel prepared to deal with a potential Ebola outbreak or patient?

    What would be the most helpful to you in dealing with the threat or reality of Ebola?

    Has your hospital or healthcare facility addressed the issue or provided training to you and other nurses?

    As a nurse, do you feel safe with the unfolding Ebola situation?

    What state do you practice in? (please choose other at bottom of list if outside the US)

    Are you surprised by any of the results?

    What Ebola questions would be good for future surveys?

  • Jan 26 '08


    I found out the he had an ulcer that perforated! Very serious condition. I don't understand... he denied pain when I asked him. I did read however that some people do not have pain just the nausea and vomiting. He had a pretty involved surgery, repairs etc and a lot of antibiotics.

    No wonder he was in ICU...

    He is doing better though. They aren't sure when he will be discharged.

    I will find out more when he's actually discharged back to us and I see his paperwork from the hospital.

    All I can say is **whew**. It really does feel good to make a good judgement call without seeing all of the symptoms involved... and just based on the assessment.

    It makes nursing so worthwhile to see that I played a part in him getting the proper care he needed in an emergent time of need (obviously when no one else agreed.) SO SO glad it was a positive outcome.

  • Jan 26 '08

    Sometimes, a family member's behavior is so clouded by the grief and shock of a loss that we must be courageous enough to practice outside the box.

    My patient had been ejected from his car after hitting black ice. His prognosis for any recovery was a hairs-breath above zero. We knew he would never again walk this earth.

    The family was large and streamed in and out of the room. All were polite and respectful. The wife dutifully provided explanations and “stability” for the large family and the throng of visitors.
    From the periphery, I observed her. She kept her emotions in check, only occasionally tearing up. It almost seemed she were “hostessing” the “event”. But her slow-motion movements belied a simmering grief that needed to be processed.

    Having worked in ICU for ten years, I knew there was nothing humanly possible to change his course. I knew soon his heart--the heart that beat for so many years in unison with the woman--would stop, and the body that warmed her would grow cold, and the soul that united them and breathed life into her, would slip away.

    The family and friends were “there” for the wife but they seemed unaware of the need I saw simmering just beneath her expression. And as the people kept calling I could sense a growing need within her. She began seeking my approval about letting anyone else in. I told her these would be the last. There was something we needed to do. The final visitors let the others who had gathered in the waiting room know that visitations would now cease.

    I led the woman into the room. I rearranged the mechanical lines of life support and gently pulled the husband over to one side of the bed. I let down the rail.

    “You need to lie beside him,” I said.

    She looked at me with utter astonishment. It was as if I had just told her I could bring transport her back to the day before when her husband was home and alive and this place never existed. Her tears streamed down her cheeks. She cried and cried as I helped her in beside him.

    I assured her she would not be disturbed by anyone, for any reason. She could emerge from the room when she was ready and could stay as long as she needed. I would guard against any disturbance.

    I covered her with a blanket and put chairs against the bed as a reminder to her that the railings were down. I handed her the call bell and closed the door and curtains behind me.

    Some weeks later I received a letter from her. She had difficulty describing the torrent of emotions that enveloped her while she lay with her husband that final afternoon of his life. But she said that being able to fully embrace him provided her a comfort and peace that would warm her for the rest of her life.

    It’s so simple, yet too often we lose focus on what really matters.

    Have the courage to let your humanity lead the way.

  • Nov 4 '07

    I bet you'll be seeing more and more of this type of thing-Your powers that be are going to have to get you all prepared. No supplies? I don't know how long you can let a PICC go without flushing before it's in danger of clotting up-maybe someone else knows that.For you I think checking the site every shift would be reasonable-you want to be able to catch a problem quickly and take any action needed.You could see an infection develop at any time-I've had them develop the day after insertion and I've seen patients maintain a line for months with no problem.Do you think he would harm himself and pull it? Do you have a policy for that? Maybe suicide precautions? It takes a special kind of nurse to deal with that population-it isn't my cuppa tea,for sure...

  • Nov 4 '07

    [QUOTE=JailRN;2478794]OK, nurses..I need opinions, facts, experiences
    How long, would any of you say, it takes for an infection to start in a PICC line???
    Ihe's not sure how often the line is maintained or when the dressing was changed last.
    Alll of that aside, how long, would any of you say, it would take before I'd 'worry' about an infection..I figure, IF he had chemo 3 days ago, his WBC would be dropping, and even though our facility is cleaner than most of their outside living quarters, I'm still VERY concerned about infection..(among other things,) considering MRSA runs rampant both in jails and our community......
    I'm in LTC and our policy regarding PICC lines is daily flushing (when not in use) ,dressing change q 5 days and visualization of the site every shift .In my experience they can become infected at anytime-(via loose dressings/during dressing change) -I would think that checking the site q 4or q 8 hours would be satisfactory-and report any sign of infection to the doc.Do you change dressings of every kind when your inmates arrive and assess whatever is under there? I think it would be very important in that population to document if they have s/s of infection upon arrival. Is it possible to contact whomever inserted it? You've got to find out how long it is-suppose he does pull it out? Your facility really needs a policy...

  • Oct 17 '07

    Jail RN, Sharon,

    I am soo sorry for your loss. I am also soooo proud of you and your children for setting up a fund in your husband's memory. What a great way to reward steadfastness and determination. What a great way to remind your children of these important character traits.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  • Oct 17 '07

    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    What is the article title....I'll ask for permssion to post here.

    I don't think it has a title per se. It is the first letter in, The Letters to the Editor section on page 4, then skips over to page 23. It is beautifully written.

  • Oct 13 '07

    What is the article title....I'll ask for permssion to post here.

  • Oct 13 '07

    Quote from JailRN
    Unfortunately, it's not available on-line, and it's only in the California Edition. I'm having it scanned and can e-mail it to anyone who would like to read it.

    I am so very proud of Doug, as he was SO determined, SO passionate, SO driven, and has left some really big shoes for our sons to fill.

    Even though they didn't have him for as long as we would have liked, I tell them "I would rather for you both to have had him as your Dad for the short time that you did, rather than a lifetime of someone else."

    Thanks for all of your love and support. I am humbled.

    I would appreciate the opportunity to read this....

  • Oct 13 '07

    Thank You JailRN for the article, I read every word. You have so much to be proud of with Doug. :icon_hug:to you as you move forward in your life. Your sons should be pleased to have Doug as a father and a role model.

    THANK YOU for sharing this with us.


  • Oct 13 '07

    Thank you for E-mailing Doug's story. The male nurse forum needs to see this. Male nurses you are appreciated!

  • Oct 13 '07

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm sure that your husband lives on in your sons and through those lives he touched as a nurse.
    God bless!

  • Oct 13 '07

    Send it to me also, jail RN. We have a lot in common as my my husband died from a "medical incident" also.

  • Oct 13 '07

    Hi. I am so sorry for your loss. I'd love to read more about your husband. I will PM you w/ my e-mail address. Thanks for letting everyone know about his story.

  • Oct 13 '07

    pm me too, jail.
    i'll give you my email address.