Washington nurses concerned for health as hospitals face mask shortages


The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion (WSNA), which repre­sents nearly 20,000 workers, said it’s hearing from concerned members– nurses being told to reuse papers masks, being instructed to not wear masks unless there is a confirmed coron­avirus case and being told to re-use face shields without guidance on proper cleaning.

We need to ensure that nurses and other health­care workers are getting the needed protec­tive equip­ment to do their jobs safely,” said Ruth Schubert, commu­ni­ca­tions director with the WSNA. “…We under­stand that this is a rapidly evolving situa­tion, but the questions and concerns of the front­line caregivers need to be addressed as promptly as possible.”

She also said nurses reported being allotted only one mask per shift.

Masks need to be changed between patients,” Schubert said.


KING5: Washington nurses concerned for health as hospitals face mask shortages (3/10/20)