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Texas Health nurses address media regarding Ebola experience

Members of the nursing staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas met with the media Oct. 20 for the first time to discuss the care of Thomas Eric Duncan, the patient with Ebola, who passed away of the disease Oct. 8, and express well wishes for Texas Health Dallas nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who are currently being treated for Ebola.

During the press conference, the hospital’s CNO, Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, addressed the public’s trust in the hospital. “The reason we’re here today is to make sure people know that Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas is still a great hospital, an excellent hospital,” Edmonson said. “We know we need to reaffirm the public’s trust in us, but we’re asking our community to stand with us today. We will reaffirm your trust in Presbyterian.”

Chantea Irving, RN, charge nurse for the neuro unit at Texas Health Dallas, commented on inaccuracies in reports regarding the hospital and the frustration it has caused the nursing team. “A lot has been said about our hospital the last weeks,” she said. “Some of it has been accurate, a lot of it has been wildly inaccurate. That has been very frustrating, disappointing and hard on our team of nurses. We are a tight-knit group, we are a family, we are friends. We work closely with each other and we work closely with our team of physicians and support employees to provide quality care to our patients 24/7. It was very hard on us when Mr. Duncan died. But we also know that it has been very difficult on his family as well.”

On behalf of her fellow nurses at the hospital, Irving said, “I want Amber and Nina to know that we are with you all and we are praying for you all. And we cannot wait for you to come home so we can give you a great big hug.”

A Texas Health Dallas ED nurse also addressed Duncan’s care during the press conference. “The men and women of this hospital worked tirelessly to save Mr. Duncan,” Julie Boling, RN, said during the press conference. “We are experts in our field, and we don’t want to be judged by this one incident. This could’ve happened to any hospital. We were just the first in our county that it happened to. Some things went wrong, and we’re proud to say that Presbyterian has owned those things, and it will make us stronger and be able to work more diligently for healing lives in the future.”

Boling also expressed pride in her profession. “I couldn’t be more proud to stand before you today as a nurse at Texas Health Dallas,” Boling said, according to a news release. “I know firsthand that we work tirelessly to provide our patients with safe, quality and compassionate care. I became a nurse because I want to help people. And every day that I walk into a room I want to help a patient get better. That’s the way all of my colleagues feel.”

Pham was transferred to the NIH Clinical Center’s (Bethesda, Md.) Special Clinical Studies Unit on Oct. 16. Vinson was transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Oct. 15.

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