RoseAnn DeMoro, the executive director of National Nurses United, awoke at 3 a.m. last Thursday and began to think about her organization’s fight to gain better Ebola protections for nurses. By 4 a.m. she was out of bed and on the phone, looking for colleagues on the east coast who were already awake.
“I thought about all we had done and still nurses were going to work without protection,” she said. “We’ve got to turn the heat up — way up. It’s a great campaign, its firing on all cylinders and its not enough.”
Since then, National Nurses United, a union and professional association for registered nurses with roughly 190,000 members, has captured tens of thousands of signatures on a petition and made an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation.