The North Dakota Nurses Union is rejecting a policy that allows COVID-19 positive nurses to continue treating patients in the coronavirus department of hospitals and nursing homes without symptoms.
The North Dakota Nurses Association said in a statement released on Wednesday that the policy did not address the root cause of the problem and called for the first statewide implementation of mask authorization and other public health measures.
The union said: “The national DNA recommends all other public health measures to reduce the demand on the health care system and solve the problem of shortage of personnel.”
Governor Doug Burgum (R) announced the new policy on Monday to ease the pressure on hospitals with shortages and close capacity due to a surge in COVID-19 cases across the state.
In terms of the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents, North Dakota is currently the worst-hit state in the country and one of the 15 states that do not have mask authorization.
The health department recommends that people take steps such as physical distancing and wearing masks in public places to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but there are no mandatory regulations.
Data from the North Dakota Department of Health showed that less than 10% of employees were equipped with hospital beds on Thursday.
The union stated that it recognizes that this move is in line with the “crisis” guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the decision on whether a nurse who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to work should be made by the nurse, not by the nurse. Their employer.
The union said: “If a nurse believes that she is not capable of providing safe patient care and chooses not to work in this situation, the employer should not retaliate against the nurse for making this decision.