U.S. hospitals aren't Ebola-ready

Nurses from other unions have echoed those complaints. Mari Cordes, a nurse in Burlington, Vermont, and president of the Vermont Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals, said that her hospital, Fletcher Allen Health Care, has not conducted any trainings or advisories about Ebola.

“We have been told by Fletcher Allen that ‘they’ are planning, but … hospital management has yet to meet with staff, and says that the earliest they could meet with us is October 31st,” she said in an email. “The Ebola outbreak has been occurring for months.”

Lynda Pond, a labor and delivery nurse in Springfield, Oregon and a member of the Oregon Nurses Association, said she doesn’t feel adequately educated about Ebola and claimed that the primary communication she’s received from her hospital about the issue was through a “blast email” on October 6. She asked that the name of her employer not be used.

Pond also expressed concern that the hospital’s infrastructure isn’t enough to fully protect nurses and disinfect contaminated gear…