NNU Executive Director Bonnie Castillo to testify before Congress on protecting nurses during the pandemic and the dire need for optimal PPE
On Wednesday, June 10 at 12 p.m. ET, National Nurses United (NNU) Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, RN, will testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing, “No Worker Left Behind: Supporting Essential Workers,” announced NNU today. The hearing will be livestreamed on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.
Castillo will discuss what the situation has been like for nurses responding to the pandemic in hospitals and identify the main challenges they have faced. She will also offer an assessment on H.R. 6909, the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act and NNU’s recommendations on the policy interventions that nurses need immediately.
“Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus began, nurses have been risking their lives every day to provide patient care to those in need,” said Castillo. “Across the country, they have been denied the necessary protections to prevent exposure to COVID-19.”
As of June 5, NNU knows of the deaths of at least 914 healthcare workers, of which more than 134 have been registered nurses. The majority of these infections and deaths could have been prevented if health care facilities had provided their workers with the necessary protections.
Who: Bonnie Castillo, RN and executive director of NNU
What: Testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing, “No Worker Left Behind: Supporting Essential Workers”
When: Wednesday, June 10, 12 p.m. ET