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.