SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by C. Duane Dauner, President/CEO of the California Hospital Association and Patricia McFarland, MS, RN, FAAN, CEO of the Association of California Nurse Leaders:
"The so-called National Day of Action by the California Nurses Association (CNA) and National Nurses United (NNU) is a politically motivated effort to exploit public concern about Ebola to promote their own agenda. Their recommendations are not supported by clinical evidence or consistent with medical experts and recognized authorities on infectious diseases, including the federal Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and the nation's four high-level biocontainment unit hospitals.
CNA/NNU's use of scare tactics and unjustified work disruptions are irresponsible and ignore the genuine preparation efforts that have been conducted and are continuing. We are calling on CNA/NNU to stay on the job, protect - not abandon – patients, and to stop politicizing Ebola. All stakeholders should support evidence-based, scientifically justified actions to ensure that the needs of any patient with a suspected or confirmed case of Ebola can be safely addressed.
California hospitals and nurse leaders support the guidelines issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we are continuing to work with California's regulatory agencies with the goal of protecting patients, the healthcare workforce, and the public at large."
SOURCE California Hospital Association