With all due respect, some of us were willing to take those risks because we knew that there would be some type of minimum protective equipment provided in order to safely do our jobs.
I've come across some old school nurses that practiced when there wasn't gloves to provide care except for sterile procedures. They would wipe butts and snot off of peoples faces like patient's were new born babies. I'm sorry, if there were no gloves available, I would not be wiping anyone's anus or changing these infected wounds or deep suctioning patients or holding basins filled with vomit, etc.
Also, "thousands have lost their jobs," I'm pretty sure family that have a nurse in it will be expecting the nurses to pick up the slack to maintain bills while at the same time having the expectation that the nurse in their family doesn't bring them back a deadly virus.
This way of thinking to me tells me why nurses aren't commanding high salaries and better working conditions.