From Andrew Romanoff <[email protected]>
Subject Fighting for their lives—and ours
Date May 6, 2020 6:22 PM
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[1]Nurse who raised concern about lack of PPE dies from coronavirus
“Praise is empty—even insulting—without
adequate protection.”

That’s how Bonnie Castillo puts it. As executive director of National
Nurses United, she’s leading the fight for personal protective
equipment—PPE that nurses across the country still lack.

It’s outrageous that health care providers have to fight at all for the
equipment they need to protect their patients and themselves. Outrageous,
but not surprising.

One of the first bills I ever introduced aimed to shield hospital workers
from needlestick injuries. The nurses and paramedics who testified in
support of that legislation—now part of federal law—were pleading for
their lives.

Their pleas deserve to be heard, especially now.

Today is National Nurses Day, the beginning of National Nurses Week. This
is the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

The best way to honor the women and men we call heroes is to treat them
with dignity. That means supplying not only appropriate equipment but also
sufficient housing, child care, compensation, and support.

This pandemic should teach us the importance of nursing. It’s a profession
we literally can’t live without.

[2]Andrew Romanoff

Andrew Romanoff

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