SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital Nurses to Hold Action at Shift Change to Demand Protections When Treating Patients With COVID-19
To protest the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health care workers during this COVID-19 pandemic, registered nurses at SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital are holding an action and media availability at 6:00 p.m., May 7 during their shift change to describe current conditions and the need for more N95 respirators and other protective gear required to safely treat COVID-19 patients, announced National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing nurses’ union representing 150,000 registered nurses across the country. Nurses are filing a complaint with the city of St. Louis Health Department for violations of the city’s order that employers provide staff with personal protective equipment as needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In honor of Nurses’ Week, union nurses at SLUH are speaking out for health care workers at hospitals across the city without adequate PPE.
Who: Marchelle Vernell, RN; Sarah DeWilde, RN; Earline Shephard, RN; and other registered nurses and members of National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United
What: Action and RN media availability to speak out against lack of PPE and other protections for frontline health care workers
Where: SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital: 3635 Vista Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 (Corner of South Grand Blvd. and Vista Ave.)
When: Thursday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m.