POLL: 85% of Nurses Say They Haven't Gotten Ebola Training From Hospital
A shocking poll came out Monday, showing the vast majority of nurses in the United States do not feel they are prepared to deal with Ebola patients.
The survey comes on the heels of a Dallas nurse, 26-year-old Nina Pham, coming down with the virus after helping to treat a man who died of the virus there.
After surveying 2,000 nurses, union National Nurses United, released the following results:
Nearly 80 percent say their hospital has not communicated to them any policy regarding potential admission of patients infected by Ebola.
85 percent say their hospital has not provided education on Ebola with the ability for the nurses to interact and ask questions.
One-third say their hospital has insufficient supplies of eye protection (face shields or side shields with goggles) and fluid resistant/impermeable gowns.
Nearly 40 percent say their hospital does not have plans to equip isolation rooms with plastic covered mattresses and pillows and discard all linens after use, fewer than 10 percent said they were aware their hospital does have such a plan in place.
The union is calling on hospitals to "immediately implement a full emergency preparedness plan for Ebola, or other disease outbreaks."
Bonnie Castillo, a nurse who directs the union's disaster relief program, said, “Handing out a piece of paper with a link to the Centers for Disease Control, or telling nurses just to look at the CDC website – as we have heard some hospitals are doing – is not preparedness."
The "Outnumbered" hosts reacted this afternoon, with Andrea Tantaros saying the survey lays out very clearly that the country "is not prepared."
"We're playing catch-up right now. And every headline seems to be that we're not as ready as we thought we were," she said, adding that the U.S. health care system may be the best in the world, but still has "a lot of weaknesses."
Watch the discussion above.