Yes, but it's a whole different story when an infected person is voluntarily and willingly brought into the US for treatment, due to the immense pressure of Samaritans Purse- an organization that knows next to nothing about infectious diseases. Also the infections we come into contact with on a routine basis are nothing remotely as deadly as Ebola.
Obviously I understand the risks of nursing, but this isn't a normal circumstance.
Again, I'll reiterate this: I have no idea what I would do if I were on the team of nurses at Emory in this situation....
But i do believe that they deserve the fair chance to refuse the pt if they so choose (again, under these circumstances only- I am not referring to routine hazards of the job)
I see a lot of amazing nurses on this site and I am honored to be able to (hopefully) work alongside you guys!
But I also understand that everyone has to draw the line somewhere.
I won't judge anyone who physically/mentally feels that they cannot handle the Ebola scenario.
And by the way, cleaning up a 400 lb patient with constant diarreah and needing to be turned over etc is not included as one of the things that I think nurses can run away from. They knew that this was part of the job!