The Hispanic NursesTM
NAHN National Association of Hispanic Nurses® is a non-profit professional association committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses.
NAHN is also dedicated to the improvement of the quality of health and nursing care of Hispanic consumers.
NAHN Update & Resources Regarding Ebola
Washington, DC (October 24, 2014) — The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) continues to closely monitor information related to the documented cases of Ebola in the United States – including the most recent case confirmed in New York City – which has brought nurses and infection control practices under the national spotlight.
Many NAHN chapters and individuals have asked for guidance on how to respond to questions from the media, as well as from friends and family seeking answers and advice on social media. Nurses are the most trusted profession and generally seen as a good source of information on health related issues.
As stated in the recently issued official NAHN statement regarding the Ebola situation, NAHN stands in solidarity with the individuals, their loved ones and healthcare professionals affected by Ebola.
NAHN encourages healthcare personnel and healthcare facilities to remain informed and educated on patient evaluation, treatment and safety guidelines, and to pursue their own safety while caring for their patients and our communities.
NAHN will continue to share information provided from trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Human Health Services (HHS) and others. Among the information already shared is the October 2 CDC Health Advisory; the October 14 CDC webinar recording containing recommendations for healthcare personnel in evaluating patients for possible Ebola Virus and the October 16 HHS call on preparing nurses to safely care for a patient with Ebola. Increased attention to current best practices in infection control, and continuing education for nurses and other health care providers, helps to strengthen the quality and safety of care we provide to all patients.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind all the NAHN chapter leaders and members of NAHN that comments to the media, and on social media, reflect on our organization and our profession. For this reason, we ask you that you do not speak on behalf of NAHN, but only on your own behalf.
Comprehensive information for healthcare workers with regard to the Ebola virus is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Nurses Association (ANA). The information is updated often.
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