The Chicago event is part of a national week of actions, organized by National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country with 185,000 members.
At the press conference nurses will invite everyone to join them in signing NNU’s recently launched petition demanding the president and congress act immediately to mandate “uniform, national standards and protocols that all hospitals must follow to safely protect patients, registered nurses, other front-line healthcare workers, and the public.”
The entire petition may be seen, and signed, at http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/page/s/national-nurses-united-urges-you-to-take-action-now
“No matter where we are working, we are all Dallas nurses now,” said RN Jean Ross, Co-President, National Nurses United. “We are asking everyone to sign our petition demanding the president, the congress, and every hospital in the United States, ensure that optimal protections are implemented immediately.That is how we are going to contain Ebola and protect our patients.”
Nurses will also be demanding that Cook County Department of Public Health clinics be re-opened to provide immunizations, care for patients with tuberculosis and sexually-transmitted diseases, and provide family planning services. Cuts to public health infrastructure put the community at risk for infectious disease outbreaks.
WHEN: Tues, October 21 at 5pm