Instead of Pushing Fear, Offer SUPPORT

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has a classy approach.

Instead of promoting fear and division, ANA is supportive and informative about Ebola.

“We offer our support to the nurse, her family, colleagues and community at this difficult time,” said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.

“We urge all hospitals and health care workers to engage in comprehensive education and preparedness activities in order to ensure the safety of the public and health care professionals.  We have the utmost confidence that health care providers are eager to take part in learning protocols that will protect health care workers and keep patients safe.

“However, it is essential that the CDC quickly investigate and fully share the findings surrounding the care of Thomas Eric Duncan to help health care providers understand any further precautions needed to prevent transmission of the disease.  It is only through rapid review and learning from this situation that we will prevent further incidents from happening.

“We will continue to work with the CDC and other health care agencies to accelerate the education of health care professionals about appropriate infection control and other protocols.”

ANA Statements on Nurse Diagnosed with Ebola