History Urges Us to Do Better: Opportunities to Elevate Nurses in the Current Ebola Outbreak

Ebola, Uncategorized

This is a piece I wrote that was just published in the American Journal of Nursing. Take a look:

“Another Ebola Outbreak Provides an Occassion for Reflection”

As during the early days of HIV–AIDS, it was not just patients who were disrespected. Ebola nurses were mistreated, ridiculed, and stigmatized. U.S. quarantine policies were inconsistent from state to state and were determined, in some cases, by politicians and not scientists. Fear inspired aggression toward caregivers who volunteered to treat Ebola patients. We have not made substantial progress in the fight against infectious diseases when we let fear create stigma about caregivers doing their jobs. History urges us to do better, and we can.

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