Nurses want national effort to protect against Ebola

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The nation`s largest nurses` union chose St. Louis to kick off a national week long campaign focused on keeping health care workers safe who treat Ebola patients.
Members of the National Nurses United union gathered outside SLU Hospital Monday morning.

They wore stickers with the names of the two Dallas nurses who contracted Ebola after treating a man who died from it.
The union wants President Obama and Congress to set a national safety protocol that all hospitals must follow to protect nurses and others who treat Ebola patients.
The union says many hospitals are not prepared for Ebola cases.

Members referenced a Fox 2 News in the Morning segment last week where SLU Hospital officials laid out their plans for treating an Ebola patient.
The union called plans at SLU and elsewhere works in progress.

"Hospitals are doing their own individual efforts but I think there needs to be a national effort that comes forth because this is something that`s effecting the nation it`s not just effecting individual hospitals," said Marchelle Bettis, the Chief Nurse Representative for the St. Louis chapter of National Nurses United.

The union is urging people to sign an online petition calling for the national safety standard.

For its part, SLU says it is doing intensive staff training and education to prepare for any Ebola cases.

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