WASHINGTON—Today, AFT President Randi Weingarten and frontline nurses and healthcare providers from the nation's second-largest nurses union released a three-point strategy to respond to and contain the Ebola virus.
The AFT's three-point strategy calls for:
- Infection-control protocols and worker-preparedness plans at all health facilities.
- Dedicated, specially trained teams of willing staff to care for patients suspected of having Ebola. Identified teams must be inclusive, including doctors, nurses, lab and x-ray techs, and housekeeping staff. And there must be adequate staffing.
- A voice for frontline providers, who are key to containing Ebola and must be included in the development and implementation of plans.
"Our No. 1 priority is keeping our communities safe and healthy," said Weingarten. "That's why our nurses and health professionals came together to issue a clear three-point plan to respond to and contain the Ebola virus."
Weingarten continued, "Nurses and health professionals are on the frontlines, and with the right protocols, preparedness, coordination and equipment, as well as a voice in the process, we can keep our communities safe and healthy. We must also stop playing politics with funding. We must invest in public health so that healthcare workers and communities have the infrastructure—that is, the education, coordination, supports, communication, tools, equipment and protocols—they need."
- View the AFT toolkit.
- View the resolution passed by the AFT executive council on the AFT's response to Ebola in the United States and West Africa.
- Read the AFT's letter submitted in advance of today's congressional hearing.
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The AFT represents 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.