A new Kaplan Test Prep survey of more than 2,200 recent nursing school graduates showed nursing school graduates may feel unprepared to safely care for patients with Ebola, according to a news release. Although 81% of the graduates surveyed say the duty of medical professionals sometimes requires placing themselves in danger in the interest of saving lives, 57% feel unprepared to safely care for patients stricken with Ebola. Also, 55% say theyd feel personally unsafe if they were required to treat patients with Ebola.
Nurses are among the most giving of all professionals, which explains why Gallup consistently finds that Americans view them as the most honest and ethical members of our workforce, Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, vice president of nursing, Kaplan Test Prep, said in the release. But a disease for which there is so much misunderstanding is bound to cause apprehension among even the most compassionate of nurses especially when the only people in the United States who contracted Ebola have been healthcare professionals. Their concerns underscore the need for better education, improved preparation and enhanced safety precautions around this disease.
Of the survey participants, 29% said they would volunteer to treat Ebola patients, while 24% of those surveyed said they would travel to Africa to treat Ebola patients and prevent the disease from spreading.
According to a Nov. 12 World Health Organization Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report, there have been more than 14,000 cases of Ebola and more than 5,000 confirmed deaths. Interventions to contain the disease include infection prevention and control; diagnosing, isolating and treating patients; contact tracing; and safe and dignified burials.
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