November 17, 2020

Nurses’ union survey reveals lack of preparation for COVID-19, flu season

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

A new nationwide survey by National Nurses United of more than 15,000 RNs finds that hospitals are failing to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 during flu season.

Among the nurses’ complaints:

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  • inappropriate pursuit of profits resulting in lack of proper infection control measures
  • ongoing issues of both patients and nurses not being tested
  • not being notified in a timely manner when they are exposed
  • inadequate PPE
  • unsafe staffing
  • mental health impacts
  • increased workplace violence.

The survey results were gathered from both union and nonunion nurses across the US and two US territories between October 16 and November 9.


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